You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.
… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.
If they’re moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican; but not what you’re hearing from them on the far right.”Instanpundit referred to it as "GLEICHSCHALTUNG" which is the German word that the Nazis used to describe how everyone was forced to accept that going forward, there was only one set of acceptable ideas in Germany.
One of the reasons that I get terribly scared of the various totalitarian factions that make up the Democratic Party -- the homosexual activists, abortion at nine months crowd, the "hate speech" crowd -- is their complete intolerance of differing points of view. You either smile stupidly and pretend to agree, or you will be hounded out of polite society. And unfortunately, more than a few libertarians are prepared to go along with this thuggish approach, because they really don't want to be mistaken for conservatives. Gov. Cuomo definitely represents the same essentially fascist sentiment that runs many universities and entire counties of California: you either agree with us entirely, or you are not fit to express your opinions. You will be driven out of business for not making gay wedding cakes, or for refusing to approve, or for holding up signs opposing abortion.
Newsday points to the absurdity of it, but Cuomo's supporters claim that he was really saying that any Republicans running for public office have no place in the state. Heck, even Mussolini tolerated non-Fascists in the Italian Parliament, because they were so few and weak as to be ineffectual.