Republican Coalition Crack-Up?
Summary at the end of the post:
Objectively, the evidence for a "conservative crack-up" is thin, at best. The reality is that the Republican base is holding remarkably firm, in the face of a media onslaught against the Bush administration that has no parallel in modern history, and following months of little but bad news: gas prices, hurricanes, and casualties in Iraq (the only news most people hear from that part of the world). Things could change, of course, but my guess is that the next year's news will be better for the administration and for Republicans than the past year's. The price of gas has likely peaked; Iraq will continue to stabilize, and troops will come home; absent more natural disasters, the economy will resume its steady growth; Harriet Miers will be confirmed and start voting with conservative majorities on the Court. Most likely, liberal dreams of the end of the conservative era will have to be deferred again.
There is "active" debate currently within the Republican party, but its just that, an active debate. It's not the type of things we see on the left that Hugh captured on this post:
Hugh's point: But it is an important debate among friends, not an occasion for the sort of vows of eternal enmity that mark the left in its melt-downs.
I agree, and that is the real difference when one compares what is happening in the Democrat camp vs. the Republican camp. It's just very different, and discussion and debate is still just that, discussion and debate with the Republican camp. We can differ on opinion and do often, and that's healthy. I'm not in favor of overturning Roe vs. Wade, but my President is. I still have voted and campaigned for him twice because aside from that issue, I agree with him and my Republican party about 99% of the time.
Fineman's party is quite simply "dysfunctional" with no message and no ideas. Those they have are not bought or embraced by the majority. There is no crack-up, no matter how hard dems like Fineman wish it were so. It's a fantasy hope, that has no logic or factual basis, but that is what what you wish for when your a dem because you have nothing else going for you these days................