Two countries — and it’s not just 9/11

We referred to a Rasmussen pdf called The GOP Generation in a previous post. That piece focused on the 32% of Democrats who see the United States as a bad country. We return once again to that subject. Daniel Henninger says that the Bush administration is to blame for a poor homefront strategy:

We’ve watched September 11 drift from unity of purpose to unhinged vituperation. The partisanship is easy to dismiss, but I believe the Bush team’s deep disdain of a hostile opposition media has caused it to miss–until now–the need to organize a home front to support the remarkable sacrifice in Iraq. This failure may prove to be the one unforgivable thing.

EJ Dionne says that Democrats have tuned out the President, no matter what he might say:

The most striking poll findings after the president’s speech to the nation on Tuesday concerned who watched Bush in the first place. According to a Gallup Poll for CNN and USA Today, 50 percent of those who chose to listen to Bush were Republican, 27 percent were independents and only 23 percent were Democrats….

In recent weeks, administration loyalists have repeatedly expressed alarm that Americans are forgetting “the lessons of 9/11.” That is not the case. It is the administration that has forgotten those lessons. They had to do with the country’s capacity to come together in the face of a common threat and Bush’s choice for several months afterward to act as a national leader rather than a party leader.

Nonsense: the current disunity in the country has nothing to do with squandering the good will of 9-11. There is simply no way of uniting the country right now, no matter what Bush might say or how he might say it. In what way could the Bush administration reach out to people who say that Republicans are evil, have never worked a day in their life, and call them all white Christians. There are two completely different perceptual frameworks operating. Just take a look at attitudes toward the MSM:

61% of Democrats think that Dan Rather is giving them the straight, unbiased story, and 65% of the GOP thinks he is not. Or how about this: 62% of GOP members think that national security is the number one issue, and an equivalent amount — 62% — of Democrats think it is not.

63% of Democrats — including that 32% who think that the USA is evil or bad — appear to be defeatists, according to the next question on Iraq. They do not believe that America can succeed, and many of them think America deserves defeat. 63% of Democrats think Iraq is doomed to failure, even though the conquered and occupied Germany and Japan were huge beacons of success:

Finally, we’d point out that the Democratic pessimism runs deep and is not subject to rational argument. One half of Democrats thought that the January 2005 Iraq elections would not take place or did not know what would happen — a scant four months before the elections took place:


Acording to the polling data, a significant number of Democrats don’t believe in the ability of America to succeed, or only believe in the America painted by the MSM. A third of them believe America is bad, and a majority of them think the war is not that big a deal, and in any event, America can’t win. The pessimism of these Democrats runs so deep that half of them were incapable of believing what was long-promised (the Iraq election) and was only a few months away; they couldn’t believe in something right under their nose that was a success for America.

EJ says these Democrats have tuned out from President Bush, and our attitude is: thank goodness. We prefer mindless apathy to mindless opposition. The opposition is losing “their” country, and it’s about time.

Let’s hasten their demise: Janice Rogers Brown for the Supreme Court, and Condi Rice for President! As Howard Dean would say, yeeeaaaghhhh!!!

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