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America’s Right: all at sea

An evangelical cruise reveals a united Republican party, but excessive anti-government rhetoric obstructs its path to the White House

By Adam Haslett   July 2011

Mike Huckabee is eating a cheeseburger and fries on the Lido Deck of the Sapphire Princess, a luxury cruise ship bound from Seattle to Alaska across the rough waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound. A 40-knot wind blasting down from the north is causing this floating resort to roll to and fro, sending pallid-faced passengers back to their state rooms and depressing the sales of booze, on which the profits of the Princess rest. The ship is massive: one third the weight of the Empire State Building and as long as the Eiffel Tower is high.

Of its 2,600 passengers,…

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