May 11, 2007

cc-goldwater-and-steph.jpg (C.C. Goldwater, granddaughter of Barry Goldwater & Stephanie Miller, daughter of Bill Miller, courtesy of

While we can proudly claim Stephanie Miller and filmmaker C.C. Goldwater as liberals, that's not usually the case for notable Republicans. However, as I've said before, today's Republican party bears little resemblance to the conservative values of previous generations, and the literal Scandal du Jour way of life for the Bush administration is making it more obvious that this is not your father's conservatism.


Susan Eisenhower is an accomplished professional, the president of an international consulting firm. She also happens to be Ike's granddaughter-and in that role, she's the humble torchbearer for moderate "Eisenhower Republicans." Increasingly, however, she says that the partisanship and free spending of the Bush presidency-and the takeover of the party by single-issue voters, especially pro-lifers-is driving these pragmatic, fiscally conservative voters out of the GOP. Eisenhower says she could vote Democratic in 2008, but she's still intent on saving her party. "I made a pact with a number of people," she tells NEWSWEEK. "I said, 'Please don't leave the party without calling me first.' For a while, there weren't too many calls. And then suddenly, there was a flurry of them. I found myself watching them slip away one by one."

Eisenhower isn't the only GOP scion debating if the party still feels like home.

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