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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Kevin Phillips talks with Lou Dobbs

This is my third post on Kevin Phillips in three days. And it almost certainly won't be the last. I'm very, very eager to hear how the right-wing talking heads will react to a fellow conservative openly speaking 'the truth that dare not speak its name': the rise of the theocrats under the Bush Republicans.

Phillips: Ah. 1969 is when it was published. It started before the election. But what's happened to the Republican coalition in the last 10 years especially is it's been moved more and more towards religious yardsticks. People who go to church. People who favor religion defining government. People who have just a whole set of concerns that go beyond economics.

One of the reasons I think we have kind of screwed up economic politician in some ways is that a lot of Americans have stopped worrying about the economy because they're waiting for the second coming.

Dobbs: And you mean this quite literally?

Phillips: I mean it quite literally.

This is such a breath of fresh air coming from a conservative. It's perfectly clear that the corporatists among the Bushies view fundamentalists as useful dupes and reliable voters. The problem is that, the accumulation of money being their sole purpose, they aren't going to trouble themselves with the ramifications of handing power to literal theocrats.