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"The intrusion of America's leading Republican politicians into the tragic dilemma facing Terri Schiavo and her family speaks volumes about how deeply they have become beholden to the religious right. ... The foremost political players in this drama - President Bush, Tom DeLay, and Bill Frist - bring a pungent mix of raw ambition, blatant agendas and inconsistencies on the issues in question that taint their flowery pieties with a distinctly fishy odor." [1]

The ascendancy of the theocons is already causing fault lines to emerge within the Republican Party. "This Republican Party of Lincoln has become a party of theocracy," lamented Connecticut moderate Chris Shays.

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