I agree with this Sullivan reader's blunt assessment of the morally fatuous conservatism that has emerged since the Republicans cynically sold out to southern Democratic party racists in the sixties. In 1980, they sold out again to the southern Christianist culture of fundamentalist provincialism.
Before anyone barks about either of these observations, look at a map of elections victories state by state. Republicans sold their souls to the white, southern xenophobe, thinking they could slip free minds and free markets under the door unnoticed. Instead, we've ended up with a president who has squandered American wealth on an ill-conceived war, disgraced America with policies supporting torture and humiliation of prisoners and spied on American citizens without legal authorization to do so, all the while passing out appointments to key government positions like they are fraternity memberships awarded based upon connections instead of competence.