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GOP Political Darwinism: Who's Adapting and Who's Going Extinct?

04/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On Sunday, conservative columnist David Brooks showed us why is one of the few on the right who seems to have a grasp of the main problems currently plaguing the Republican Party:

BROOKS: The problem with them and the problem with Limbaugh in terms of intellectual philosophy is they are stuck with Reagan. They are stuck with the idea that government is always the problem. A lot of Republicans up in Capitol Hill right now are calling for a spending freeze in a middle of a recession/depression. That is insane. But they are thinking the way they thought in 1982, if we can only think that way again, that is just insane.

Brooks is one of the few conservative voices who have shown to be a lot more right than wrong over the past few years when it comes to the ever-shifting dynamics in American politics (recall he was one who thought Obama should run from the beginning). Same goes for conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan and some of the GOP governors (Crist, Huntsman, etc) who have been smart enough to realize that working with President Obama makes a lot more sense than trying to obstruct or showboat (like Jindal or Boehner or Cantor).

That got me thinking, if you think of American politics as just another group that is subject to the principles of Darwinism (or at least a form of political Darwinism), who are those GOP/conservative figures who seem to be adapting to the dramatically changing environment and likely to survive, versus those who are either extinct or likely headed there?









REPUBLICAN POLITICAL DARWINISM
Adapting Struggling

To Adapt

Slipping

Towards

Extinction

Extinct or

Soon-To-Be

Crist

Huntsman

Schwarzenegger

Bloomberg

David Brooks

Andrew Sullivan

Collins

Snowe

Gov. Douglas

Pawlenty

David Frum

Gingrich

McCain

Romney

Specter

Jindal

Jeb Bush

Ron Paul

Boehner

Cantor

McConnell

Rove

Limbaugh

Palin

George Will

Huckabee

Vitter

DeLay

Santorum

Bush

Cheney

Bill Kristol

Hastert

Neocons

Frist

Norm Coleman

Mark Nickolas is the Managing Editor of Political Base, and this story was from his original post, "GOP Political Darwinism: Who's Adapting and Who's Going Extinct?"