by Mark

I know I’m not supposed to officially start writing here until tomorrow, but John’s post this morning at Culture11 about the possibilities of federalism for preserving the traditional Republican Party coaltion provided an outstanding opportunity to introduce some of my more fundamental arguments about faction and to preview some of what I intend to write about here. 

My full thoughts are here.  The bottom line? I agree that federalism presents a unique opportunity to maintain the Republican Coalition in its traditional form.  Indeed, it may be the only broad philosophy that theoretically could unite the elements of the coalition (although it wouldn’t be particularly inspirational for so-called “neo-conservatives”).  My doubts are simply that I think social conservatives have given up on federalism in a way that makes federalism a particularly difficult sell to them, even if it theoretically would have significant benefits for that particular group of conservatives.