The 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq has given rise to lots of retrospective punditry on how that military misadventure did great political harm to the Republican Party and the presidency of George W. Bush (see HERE, for example).


Most of this analysis is fairly accurate, but it ignores what I have long considered another important turning point for Republicans in the same decade, one which gave much of the American public cause to question the GOP’s moralistic agenda.


That controversy, which emerged eight years ago this month, involved the legal wrangling over whether to ...

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The 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war in Iraq has given rise to lots of retrospective punditry on how that military misadventure did great political harm to the Republican Party and the presidency of George W. Bush (see HERE, for example).

Most of this analysis is fairly accurate, but it ignores what I have long considered another important turning point for Republicans in the same decade, one which gave much of the American public cause to question the GOP’s moralistic agenda.

That controversy, which emerged eight years ago this month, involved the legal wrangling over whether to ...

Read more