The question ASull is dealing with in this post is, I think, a fascinating one. I disagree with his conclusion, however. As much as the religious fundamentalism and anti-empiricism of the current Bushite movement is clear, Sullivan's proposed structure where a few bribes to big business are glued on to the central Christianist fundamentalism is inexact. And the inexactitude has everything to do with what most "mainstream" bi-coastal intellects don't want to admit: Hyper-growth, monopolistic capitalism is fundamentalist, is irrational, and is anti-empiricist. Fealty to big business and fealty to an incomprehensible, vengeful and bigoted God dovetail quite nicely in most instances.
The mega-church, evangelical phenomenon is not just "using the techniques" of specular hyper-capitalism -- its is a reciprocal offshoot. "Free-market" libertarians, unapologetic "liberals," etc. are going, I think, to find the next couple of decades very compromising. The fundamentalist ethic of unequal and opaque distribution of power will continue to grow with the manufactured marketplace.