I was at the RNC protests in NYC and met with plenty of far left extreemist. Most of the time the arguments were fairly civil. Many of the protesters had a hard time believing a person who spoke with the same accent was a Republican. You are not the typical Republican was the most frequent response. The truth is there is a big tent in the Republican Party . It is almost impossible to tell what our views are on any particular subject unless we tell you. In general we are united by Nationalism and a Pro business approach with great variation.
The highlight of my time was meeting with the older protesters. There was a conversation with these older protesters that was interesting. These older protesters admitted the greatest mistake was pushing the Watergate story. These older radicals shocked me by saying they would vote for Nixon instead of Kerry. This
is not shocking to me as Nixon was a pragmatist. He was a mighty Cold War Liberal whose domestic policy was more liberal than Clinton's.
The premise was that the destruction of Nixon paved way for the Conservatives to dominate the Republican party.This led to Reagan - Bush domination of the landscape.
They had come to understand that Nixon had vision and acted upon it. There was some
grumbling about his Latin American policies but the older protesters still claimed to prefer Nixon to Kerry.
The moral of the story is be careful what you wish for least you receive it.