Japan/Europe will do anything we don't do. This is biology we are talking about, not partical physics. Its the hot thing these days, the computer/internet revolution being done and all that. :)
Seriously, it is not impossible that the fundies have gone too far this time. There is some evidence to suggest that their anti-science stunts are decreasing their levels of influences at the congressional level. Congress men are old and understand the importence of medicine.
I think we have a major shake up comming in the Republican party one of these days. Highly respected moderates like McCain should just not be loosing to the likes of Bush v1.1. Clinton moved the Democrats so far right that there is simply no reason to vote Republican anymore unless your a religious nut (or just don't like Gore specifically). I think the republicans will need to either
a) move further right into third party oblivian Most of the worlds demoracies have a single lead party which looks very much like Clintonian democrats and lots of third parties. This state is not stable under the U.S. system, but the U.S. can pass into it temporarily.
b) push back by decreasing their depedance on (1) oil money and (2) religious phychopaths. (this is infinitly more likely)
Alternativly, the democrats might just move back to the left (fear of the greens). Gore is clearly the person to move the democrats left if its going to happen. I don't think its going to happen though. Clinton was responding to several pretty deep trends in American (world) society, including:
1) The influence of Ayn Rand and Margret Thatcher on economic philosophy: free trade.
2) The belief that the only way to protect yourself from foreign multinationals is to have your own bigger multinationals (corperatism). [We feared the Japanese, The Europeans now fear us, We will soon fear the Europeans]
These influences are not going away and the people who respond to the influences are willing to shift party. The democrats can just sit here smack in the middle losing presidential elelction (because the greens take some core liberal vote) until one they win the presidency.. and keep it for 30 years.
Actually, you can say this has already happened. Clinton took and kept the presidency by stealing the republicans thunder (whenever their position was not just down right idiotic, ala fundies influence). Our little ex-drunk redneck fratboy president was just the result of deperation in the ranks of the Oil companies. It will not happen again. If the democrats find a second Clinton (not Gore) expect 20 more years of democratic rule comming down the pipe. (Shrub might get a second term due to terroirsm stuff I suppose)
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