Once, Halloween was all about trick-or-treating and the sugar rush that came with scoring enough candy to last until Thanksgiving. Then came the fear of bullies and razor blades. Now, a holiday that grew from Celtic rituals finds itself squarely in the middle of modern-day culture wars.
Republicans appear to be in disarray. President Bush’s Iraq war, entered into on the basis of lies, requires fluctuating rationales. American soldiers and Iraqis die without any end in sight. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina and that of his appointed incompetents was crudely unsympathetic. Key members of his administration appear likely to be indicted for criminal activities and cover-ups having to do with attacking someone who exposed the administration’s false reasons for the war in Iraq.