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July 01, 2004

A Familiar Air

The strains of this melody from Andy sound...familiar, somehow.

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.

Just because Bush has so far been unable to unite the two wings of the Republican party is no reason to assume that he will not come October. The moderate Republican wing swallowed its pride in 2000 and voted for George--there's no reason to assume that the same won't happen this time as well, especially as the more public parts of the Republican convention seem to be geared towards them.

Senator John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger will have prime-time speaking slots when the Republicans meet in New York City at the end of August...

Democrats can be expected to complain that the three speakers aren't representative of the Republican Party, but neither was the multi-culti Republican Rainbow fest of 2000, and that didn't seem to hurt in the end.

Posted by Bigwig at July 1, 2004 02:52 PM | TrackBack
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