Crossing the Tea

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May 12, 2011
The American Conservative
by Michael Brendan Dougherty  
Posted in Commentary

"Since the Reagan era, Republicans have described their political coalition as a 'three-legged stool.' Fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, and social conservatives together hold up the fortunes of the party. This rhetorical stool is often used like a prop in pro-wrestling: to bludgeon recalcitrant office-seekers into submission. But the metaphor is also supposed to signify a division of labor: Fiscal conservatism is the purview of the Republican business class or libertarians, national security is handled by neoconservatives, and somewhere out in the hinterlands the religious right will hand out pamphlets about abortion and knock on doors come election time. This picture is a lie." (05/11/11)  

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