Republicans Split on the Mosque?

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Today’s front page hed in the LA Times declares:

New York mosque debate splits GOP

I laughed when I read that. What’s the score? Joe Scarborough in favor of the mosque and every other Republican in the country opposed? I guess that’s technically “split,” but you’d need Superman’s microscopic vision to suss it out.

But it was better than I thought. There’s Joe, of course, but also Grover Norquist. And Chris Christie — sort of. And Michael Gerson. And some congressional wannabe named Chris Gibson. And Kathleen Parker. It’s true that Norquist has a Muslim wife and Christie hedged absurdly and Gerson is mostly concerned about tactical electoral issues. Still, that’s politics. And half a dozen conservatives is better than none. Who knows? Maybe there’s a small campaign for decency forming on the right. Perhaps it will give a few others the courage to speak out too.

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