December 24, 2009

WHEN WAR TURNS TO WALKOVER:

A culture war cease-fire (E.J. Dionne Jr., December 24, 2009, Washington Post)

It is 2009's quiet story -- quiet because it's about what didn't happen, which can be as important as what did.

In this highly partisan year, we did not see a sharpening of the battles over religion and culture.

Yes, we continued to fight over gay marriage, and arguments about abortion were a feature of the health-care debate. But what's more striking is that other issues -- notably economics and the role of government -- trumped culture and religion in the public square. The culture wars went into recession along with the economy.


George W. Bush so altered the political landscape that Democrats can lose in referenda and legislative votes for gay marriage and help pass the most restrictive abortion bill ever and even Mr. Dionne finds their surrenders insignificant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 24, 2009 8:53 AM
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