Topic: God and US
Holy War: The Tiger-by-the-Tail Problem
Was it hyperbole? Last week in Just Above Sunset you could find this - Meme Watch: The Republican Party Self-Destructs Before Our Eyes - "Early Monday morning, March 21 of this year, the Republican Party jumped the shark. The end began, the great unraveling. Everything shifted against them. …"
Well maybe not. But the meme rolls on, in no small part because of the death of Terri Schiavo.
Sidney Blumenthal, from the depths of the Clinton administration, rises again with this –
By intervening in the Schiavo case, Bush moved the religious right into the heart of the GOP. Now there will be hell to pay.
SALON.COM - Thursday, March 31, 2005
Echoing Pilgrims Progress and referencing Cardinal Richelieu in an odd way – Karl Rove is our Cardinal Richelieu? – this is the Tiger-by-the-Tail argument. The Bush administration played to their base of fervent Christian evangelicals and just lost control. As in this -
Well, crashing down may be a tad over the top, but it may not have worked as planned.
Why do it? Because it worked before.
And yes, that seems to be what the polls showed. So he is not talking about the business very much now.
But is Blumenthal correct is saying that Bush had no instinct that he was overreaching?
Consider this -
That could be, but perhaps what we have here is a symbiotic relationship.
Blumenthal is having none of that.
The challenge here for Bush. House majority leader Tom DeLay, who pretty much started all this, issued this statement a few hours after the Schiavo death.
That’s a threat. "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior…"
Tom DeLay, our house majority leader, is now threatening judges, doctors and Terri Schiavo’s husband? Probably just the judges. Judicial activists killed Terri Schiavo, and they will pay?
As our columnist Bob Patterson comments –
Nope. Perhaps the filibuster will go the way of the Great Auk, and no one will ever again understand what Jimmy Stewart is doing in that old Frank Kapra movie, but things are getting hot on the right. Not everyone on that side is buying into the idea we need Christian, fundamentalist judges upholding God's natural law.
Take Glenn Reynolds here - one unhappy Republican.
He sounds worried. And he’s not the only one.
Take John Danforth, the former Missouri senator who was, until January, this administration’s United Nations ambassador. Earlier in the week he wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times whining about how the Republican Party has become the "political arm of conservative Christians." Yipes!
But Tom Grieve reminds us here -
Maybe so, but he is the “other” kind of Republican.
There aren’t many of those speaking out. This whole Schiavo thing, and now her death, has them all spooked.
But he does say this - "The problem is not with people or churches that are politically active. It is with a party that has gone so far in adopting a sectarian agenda that it has become the political extension of a religious movement."
Grieve adds this -
Ah, it’s the larger package that bothers him.
Not likely now. It may be too late for any of these guys to take back the party. Bush, or really Karl Rove (Richelieu-lite), has given it to the Army of God.
And you know what they think of Episcopalians like Danforth. See this where you will find Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition exlaining matters: "You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense, I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist."
Perhaps, Dan, it’s time to leave the party. You’re not wanted.
Oh yes, the site at the link above also has some choice quotes from Randall Terry, the man the parents of Terri Schiavo selected to speak for them. I guess they didn’t do their homework. Or maybe they did. Terry’s previous views?
I guess it’s time for a lot of Republicans to choose sides. Rove gave the party to Tom DeLay and these guys.