May 1, 2004
ORDINARY PEOPLE VS. THE ELITE:
Taking the GOP Bait, Hook, Line and Stinker (Tina Brown, April 29, 2004, Washington Post)
There was a surreal moment at a serious Manhattan dinner party Tuesday night when 12 power players who had all been talking at once about the mess in Iraq suddenly fell silent to listen to the waiter. He dove in shortly after he had served the coconut cake with lemon dessert -- perhaps to give moral support to the only Republican present, who was beginning to flag. Or perhaps he just thought it might be helpful for the guests to hear from one of the Ordinary Americans whose unhappiness with the status quo they are in the habit of earnestly invoking.
"I'm from the suburbs," he announced, "and I'm voting for Bush."
All eyes turned to him. "It might seem odd that a savvy New Yorker like me is voting for a guy in a cowboy hat," he went on, as he recklessly doled out ice cream to a network anchor, "but what we want is stability. This Kerry guy -- he's all over the place."
Huh? Stability? What about all the mayhem in Iraq?
If all humor weren't conservative one would be tempted to think this a sublime self-parody. George Bush is the most destabilizing force to come down the pike since Ronald Reagan, but like Reagan he is eminently stable.
N.B.: Here's another choice bit from the essay:
In the past 10 days, Democrats in New York have been distracted for the first time from focusing their wrath on Bush to dumping it on Kerry. Even among heavy donors there has been a wave of buyer's remorse.Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2004 8:41 AM
"You don't have to fall in love," Hillary Rodham Clinton reportedly reproved a top Democratic fundraiser who was recently moaning about Kerry's lackluster performance as a candidate. "You just have to fall in line."