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    Wednesday
    Jul072004

    Politics and Misinformation: The Looming Republican War

    OFF TOPIC: This is way, way off topic for this blog, but I couldn't help but post it. It's a musing by Andrew Sullivan about "The Looming Republican War." I've always had a soft-spot for Libertarians, but have always hated the Christian Right, so I can't help but think it would be amazingly good for this country if the two right-wing camps parted ways. (I also tend to think there is a widening split between old-fashioned protectionist liberals and progressives (like myself), but the split isn't as blatant as that on the right.)



    No direct links on his blog, so you'll have to find the original post here.



    THE LOOMING REPUBLICAN WAR: The current tussle in the Congress over the budget is just a precursor to what I think will be outright Republican civil war after this election. If Bush wins, it will cripple his ability to get anything done. If he loses, the recriminations will get vicious. The fiscal conservatives will be fighting the "deficits-don't-matter" crowd. The realists will be out to topple the neocons. The Santorum-Ashcroft axis will continue to wage war on any Republicans not interested in legislating either the Old Testament or the dictates of the Vatican. (The FMA battle now looks more and more like an attempt by Santorum to identify Republican social moderates so he can use primary hardliners to challenge them in the future.) The battle lines are deep and sharp - and the future of American conservatism is at stake. Bush has proven himself unable to unite a party that includes Tom DeLay as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McCain and Bill Frist. Whether the coming civil war is about who lost the election, or who will exploit the victory, it's going to be nasty and enduring. No single party can be both for individual liberty and for theologically-based social policy; both for fiscal balance and drunken-sailor spending; both for interventionism abroad and against moralism in foreign policy. The incoherence is just too deep, the tensions too strained. And with the war on terror itself a point of contention among conservatives, geo-politics will not be able to keep the coalition in one piece.


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