Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bright spots and wedgies

If you're looking for a bright spot in the maelstrom, consider the several ways in which elements of the GOP appear to be poised for a rift.

In today's New York Times, Adam Nagourney tells us that not all Republicans--nor all conservatives, for that matter--are cheered by Congress's trampling of the Constitution in the Terri Schiavo case:

"This is a clash between the social conservatives and the process conservatives, and I would count myself a process conservative," said David Davenport of the Hoover Institute, a conservative research organization. "When a case like this has been heard by 19 judges in six courts and it's been appealed to the Supreme Court three times, the process has worked - even if it hasn't given the result that the social conservatives want. For Congress to step in really is a violation of federalism."

Read Nagorney's piece

Several days ago, the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, Jr., wrote of another tear in the making--between Tom DeLay's most loyal soldiers and religious conservatives:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ethics troubles threaten more than his own political future. They have the potential to create a much wider scandal over lobbying on the Indian gambling issue and to open a rift among socially conservative Republicans.

Read E.J. Dionne on the gambling rift

Now, if only a few Democrats would get off their morally superior horses and get busy setting a wedge or two.

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