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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

A Useful Distraction

We’re now minutes away from the first vote on the Rule for consideration of health care reform in the House, with all the signs pointing towards victory, particularly now that the White House has cut a deal with Rep. Bart Stupak involving an executive order that the abortion provisions of the Senate bill mean what they say and do not involve some back-door unravelling of the long-standing Hyde Amendment prohibiting use of federal funds for abortions.
If you get restless during the debate that will unwind for the next several hours, you could check out an episode of Bloggingheads TV wherein my friend Sarah Posner and I discussion the relationship between the Tea Party Movement and the Christian Right. We agree that the two movements are more compatible than they sometimes appear; that they are feeding on each other’s extremism; and that perpetual predictions of the Christian Right’s demise remain premature.

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