Saturday, November 04, 2006


Haggard's role

This seems to me to get it almost right. Haggard isn't as big a figure in the Republican coalition as Grover Norquist, say, or James Dobson.

Scandals involving sex and drugs are a reliable way for fringe-ish public figures to get a lot of attention. Plus, Haggard makes himself a target by campaigning to deny equal rights to gays. His hypocrisy, extremism (Jonah Goldberg, Barbara Walters, and Mahatma Gandhi are going to hell), and bluster make him an easy guy for progressives to dislike.

So he's sort of like Ward Churchill is to the right.

Except he led a group that claimed 30 million members, and made weekly calls to the president or his advisors.

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