The Country Club Republicans, whose God is money, are getting fed up with the Evangelical Talibans in their party. First they got embarrassed when Frist and DeLay sucked up to the Evangelicals over Terri Schiavo, and made the Republican Party look like a bunch of intrusive meddlers into the nation's private family affairs.
The Country Club Republicans don't mind using the Evangelical Talibans as their "useful idiots" when it comes to election time, like the Dems don't mind using their own useful idiots, the African-American voting bloc, for election purposes either. But now that the Country Club Republicans find the Evangelical Talibans driving almost the entire agenda of their party, they're starting to gag.
No wonder some reason-based Republicans went behind the backs of faith-based Frist and DeLay to strike a deal with the Dems to nuke the nuclear option that was going to nuke the filibuster. And one day after Frist lost control of his caucus, fifty Republican House members defied Bush's promised veto over stem cell research, his latest sop to the Evangelical Talibans. (After all, stem cell research can help millions of suffering Americans. For example, diabetes afflicts 18m Americans, because of the crappy food they eat at McDonalds. Many are children. Diabetes cost us $132 billion in 2002, one of of every 10 bucks spent on healthcare. 213,000 people will die of it this year. Stem cell research might supply a cure. Try telling the nation Jesus doesn't want to cure diabetes. When religion tries to stop science, science always wins.)
The Country Club Republicans are gagging on another sop to the Evangelical Talibans, the undiplomatic bully John Bolton. His ride to the UN is getting bumpy. Meanwhile, Bush is still pushing for social security "reform" (translation: he wants to destroy it), which nobody is dumb enough to buy.