In a post entitled “What Divides Us,” our even-tempered friends at Connecticut Local Politics are working hard to bridge divisions:

Until Karl Rove, George Bush, and abominations like the “Family Institute of CT” go away, thinking people like me will remain, by default, an “overly partisan” opposition.

Well, ok, maybe not. But I am struck, once again, by how relevant my Sept. 13th post—and particularly Ross Dothat’s observations—are to several comments in the CLP thread:

in reality, it’s not clear that Internet liberals are really pacifists, and certainly not in the way that McGovern was; they’re against the Iraq War, intensely and occasionally to the point of derangement, but I’m not so sure that this reflects an abiding dovishness so much as a visceral hatred for the Bush administration and all its works. And on fiscal issues, they’re definitely more center-left than lefty…But religion—ah, religion. Take a stroll through the lefty blogosphere, and it’s pretty clear that long after George W. Bush has passed (mercifully) into history, the Kossack hordes will still be united on at least one burning issue: the need to resist the looming theocracy. And these folks don’t just view religious conservatives as their political opponents; they actively loathe us, with a passion that exceeds even the sometimes over-the-top fear and loathing of secular humanists that you find on the Religious Right.

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