No matter what's going on in the world, the right can find a cultural issue that will get the left to fight itself, to atomize into little groups, and to give voice to factions that frighten Americans on the sidelines -- often, the left-out white middle and working class -- and the country winds up the worse for it.
Charles Murray's newest book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, proves two classic truths. First, it is impossible to compete with self-parody. Second, be careful what you ask for; for you may receive it. Charles Murray asked right-wing plutocrats to drop what he derided as "political correctness" and denounce Americans who received governmental support as immoral failures. Murray is a vigorous supporter and flatterer of Mitt Romney, claiming that the fact that he became wealthy at Bain should make him a "slam dunk" for the presidency. Murray's reasoning is so crude that he announces a new doctrine -- the divine right of CEOs to govern America. But be careful what you wish for, Romney and Paul Ryan answered Murray's call of right wing plutocrats to arms.