07/15/2004: Bush: A uniter, not a divider?
Of course, we know that Bush has done more to unite Radical Islamic terrorists than anyone else in recent memory, so I suppose we can answer that question in the affirmative. An interesting article by David Sirota (Center for American Progress) suggests another reason why this might be true: it appears that Bush is starting to unite some conservatives with liberals in opposition to some of his policies:
On various issues, rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are bucking their party, with fault lines dividing corporate apologists from ideological purists and its working-class constituency. The gap is widening as the party’s leadership in Washington becomes increasingly divorced from the concerns of average voters. And the split is forging an unlikely alliance between progressives and right-wing ideologues. In the process, the public is getting a glimpse of a Republican Party at war with itself.
Granted, the right and the left have different objectives. The right-wing purists want to cut all government spending; the left wants to eliminate unfair tax cuts and corporate giveaways. But beyond these “enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend” alliances are other areas where the right is working with progressives toward the same goals.
Len on 07.15.04 @ 01:04 PM CST