Friday, April 22, 2005


A civil war coming in Ohio's GOP

Several blogs have noted Andrew Sullivan's post today at TNR about the threats and growing schism within Republican ranks because of the powerplay the religious right is making. Sullivan says:
Religious right dominance of the party machinery, in an electoral landscape remade by gerrymandering, means that few opponents of fundamentalist politics have a future in the Republican Party. It's telling that none of the biggest talents in the Republican Party will ever be its nominee for president. John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Pataki, and Rudy Giuliani could never survive the fundamentalist-dominated primaries.
We don't know about the "biggest talents" part, but we agree with his point about them not surviving the primaries.

The local corollary is whether Ohio's U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Mike DeWine could survive Republican primaries at this point. Voinovich is being viciously targeted for merely suggesting that questions and accusations about Bolton be investigated, and DeWine is being targeted for expressing grave doubts about privatizing Social Security. Likewise, Betty Montgomery and Jim Petro (despite his blatant pandering) haven't got a chance with the Rod Parsley/James Dobson/Russell Johnson crowd.

While the Republicans are facing a bloody, internecine conflict, the Democrats in Ohio have the opportunity build some major leadership identification by getting on board with the three new pro-democracy constitutional amendments that were announced today and by opposing Blackwell's bogus government spending amendment.

Let the theocrats overplay their hand. Let them go to all the excesses they want. We hope they bring in the likes of Ann Coulter and Alan Keyes and Roy Moore every week, as long as they do it through the first week in November 2006. The trainwreck will be a spectacle to behold.

[UPDATE - Sullivan link fixed]


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