Is the American right wing imploding? In a word, no. But it's in a very sorry state at the moment. It's looking ever more likely that the Republicans will lose control of the House of Representatives this November, and may even lose their hold on the Senate. And the knives, it seems, are already out. It's the season for what one conservative called 'pre-criminations'.
Just a taste. Here is what Dick Armey, former Republican leader of the House said recently about James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, one of the US's leading conservative groups:
Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies. I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There is a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools... These issues are easy for the intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic.