The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, May 09, 2005
The sane Republican's predicament: the Democratic analogy
Cliff Notes version: the old line Republicans, of whatever persuasion, are to the Christian Right what Northern Democrats were to their Southern colleagues in the Jim Crow era.
That is, their association is a necessary evil: without the Christian Right, they have no chance of power, however circumscribed. And what's the point of being a politician if you have no chance of power?
One might even argue that the sane wing of the GOP is in a worse position than, say, Hubert Humphrey arriving in the Senate in 1949, or, after re-election, in 1955: at least, from his viewpoint, there was a measure of sanity to be found in the elected branches as a whole (with Truman and Eisenhower in the top job and a substantial number of moderate Republicans in Congress).
These days, between the filibuster-obsessed Dems and the the Christian Right's Congressional machine, there's not much sanity around!
Previous Republican strains I can identify are:
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