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By prospect   December 2008

Armistice in America’s culture wars?

Optimists have been quick to proclaim an end to America’s long-running culture wars after Barack Obama’s presidential victory.

The blogger and writer for the Nation, Christopher Hayes, believes John McCain’s failed campaign has burned out the political battles over guns, abortion, religion and public morals. According to Hayes, McCain’s various unsuccessful attacks on Obama trotted out all the old culture war arguments—in reverse chronological order.

First, McCain’s attack dogs hinted that Obama was Muslim, pressing contemporary “war on terror” buttons. Then they dubbed him a Hollywood-style “celebrity” and a supporter of sex education in…

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