The early success of President Bush's strong military response to terrorism would appear to give conservatives a reason to puff up their chests and congratulate each other. Not so fast, says conservative writer Andrew Sullivan. The war presents some big dilemmas to those on the right. He asserts that wars almost always move polities leftward, partly because government takes on more powers and spends more money than they do in peacetime. At the same time, he says the early victories in the fight against terrorism present a good opportunity for the Republican party to evolve to ensure success in upcoming elections. This hour, Andrew Sullivan examines the future of politics, on the right and the left — and how the Republican Party should respond to the new environment in America created by the September 11th attacks.
Andrew Sullivan, Senior Editor at The New Republic
This program aired on December 27, 2001.