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My mom, dad and I left the theater in Union Square. We all loved the movie. It starred Daniel-Day Lewis, the method actor who I have only seen better once, as Lincoln.

“What did you think?” I asked my dad, eagerly.

“I loved it,” my dad said, pausing before continuing,

“I thought it was an allegory for the future of the Republican Party.”

My dad taught advanced placement US History for 33 years, and our family debriefs on movies were legendary for his postgame, off-the-cuff revelations. He often left us reconsidering what we had just seen. In this case he had me wondering if we had even been watching the same movie.

What?” I asked, confused. The film does end with a vicious fight between an oilman and a pastor.

“The forces of those who love money versus the forces of those who love God: it may eventually tear the Republicans apart.”

That was eight years ago. Today’s Iowa caucuses feature Donald Trump versus Ted Cruz. We are definitely a long way from the party of Abe Lincoln. I am not sure what the future holds, but of this I am sure:

There will be blood.

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