Andrew Sullivan's not doing me any favors getting scared by the Tea Party Republicans. He's supposed to be the eternal optimist. If he starts freaking out at the Palin crowd, it's only going to encourage my mood swings.
Adding, there's really nothing new about the way the peasants in this country identify with their abusive Republican daddies. They're fed a constant stream of paranoia, fear and xenophobia by way of Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and Fox News. Then they're bombarded endlessly by Christian fundamentalism and taught to hate and fear literally everything and everyone. Throw yer wallets up on stage!
Sullivan should really sit down and watch Jesus Camp one of these days. He'll probably freak out, but that's a good thing. This has been the dark side of American politics for most of my lifetime. The great conflict of our time, really, is between hope and fear. This battle wasn't decided just because we elected Barack Obama President. It's still on.