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The Supreme Court hasn't become conservative yet.  We have four conservatives, four liberals, and one moderate -- the moderate being Kennedy, if I'm not mistaken.  Keep in mind, too, that we haven't seen much, if anything, from Bush's two appointees, and Supreme Court appointees often have a tendency to surprise us.  Daddy Bush, you'll recall appointed Souter, and Souter can safely be counted as a liberal -- perhaps the most liberal justice on the bench.

Also, the rich are not the xenophobes.  The xenophobes are largely of the middle and working classes.  Xenophobia is one of the phobias (along with homophobia) the Right uses to encourage the middle and working classes to vote against their economic interests.  The rich love foreigners ("furreners"), because foreigners do the same job for less money.  Xenophobia is bad for business, because it raises costs.  (It's the same reason for why racism and sexism are economically stupid, though they, obviously, still exist.)

As far as a coup is concerned, I think there are elements of a coup here.  Do I think it's as severe as you believe?  No.  Of course not.  But, if the Dems are stupid enough to run Hillary Clinton in 2008, the GOP won't need a coup to hold on to power, because McCain will slaughter her come election day.  Many American Liberals -- myself included -- despise Hillary Clinton for being a sellout and, in general, a piece of garbage.  She's the worst of both worlds -- a neocon, a coward on cultural issues, an economic know-nothing, etc.  I would still vote for her, if for no other reason than to stop the Religious Right (and with the hope of building up her courage), but I'm not sure others would.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 12:41:46 PM EST

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