Brian Doherty on Ron Paul vs. Rick Santorum

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Ron Paul and Rick Santorum couldn't be farther apart in the same political party, observes Senior Editor Brian Doherty. Paul wants to bring home the troops and cease all non-defensive wars; Santorum is itching for war with Iran. Paul wants to end the federal drug war; Santorum is for toughening both the domestic and international drug wars. The Paul of today doesn't want the government to have anything in particular to say or do with one's personal religious beliefs or rituals, including marriage, while Rick Santorum is made sick to even hear that there should be a strict separation of church and state. In other words, Doherty writes, the duel between Paul and Santorum is a duel for the soul of the GOP, if the party is going to have a future at all beyond dull centrism.

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