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Republican Culture War-mongering

Ross Douthat, in an honest and angry (by his standards) post:

At this point, the McCain camp seems to be taking its cues more from the liberal caricature of past conservative campaigns - that they've all been fundamentally unserious exercises in culture-war button-pushing - than from the campaigns themselves. It's as though they're being paid under the table by Thomas Frank to goose his book sales and vindicate his thesis.

...or maybe Frank had a bit of a point all along. I'm not in complete agreement with Thomas Frank, but perhaps Ross ought to revisit Frank's thesis in light of the latest election.

--Jonathan Chait