Conservative Fanaticism Now Too Expensive for America

“What has happened between 2001 and 2009 to so radically change the cultural climate? Here, at last, is one piece of good news in our global economic meltdown: Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years. Culture wars are a luxury the country — the G.O.P. included — can no longer afford.” —Frank Rich on how the recession, among other things, has helped end the latest round of right v. left morality [NYT]