November 5, 2004


The passion that burned for Bush: Confessions of a provincial New Yorker (Jon Friedman, 11/05/04,

If pop culture is a reflection of a nation's values, then the signs of a Bush victory were there a long time ago for anyone to see.

There've been two runaway box-office surprises this year: Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."

Moore's film grossed in excess of $100 million, an exceptional take for a documentary. But Gibson's, which the big Hollywood studios wouldn't touch, amassed an even more astonishing $370 million.

The point probably wasn't lost on President Bush and his staff. And indeed, the exit polling data show that "moral issues" helped drive Bush's turnout to record levels this year in precisely those communities where "The Passion of the Christ" played so well.

Meanwhile, I'll confess. On election day I sat at home in New York City and took comfort in the wisdom of the exit polls.

They stressed the significance of President Bush's mismanagement of the economy, the terrorism threat and Iraq. Naturally, I became encouraged that John Kerry would win.

Foiled again.

Thanks to the Left's domination of the media folks in Red America know Blue America quite well--the Blue know the Red not at all.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 12:09 PM

Orin is so right when he says the red states understand the blue, but it does not go the other way. The blue states are remarkably involved in themselves, and their thinking doesn't really even allow for the red states to exist. I wrote this today in response to Krugman's NYT Op Ed, "No Surrender".

Mr. Krugman,

Here's the problem with the democracts, and it's simple: THEY DON'T GET IT! The election said it all, but they don't get it. The people have spoken, but their ears are clogged. Your article proves again that you all have lived in a bubble that isn't where most of the rest of us live.

The article, incidentally, seems pathetic and soporific. It's all been said. You're beating the proverbial dead horse. Can't even one of you be a gracious loser? Can't any of you understand the general character of most Americans? Don't you see that most of us care about family and marriage and community, and we also see that your party has completed a failed experiment in liberalism - although you don't know it. Most of us can see that the major social problems of our day are due to the free rein you have had for many years. (Our justice system is shot, along with our education system, for starters.)

But things are changing, and you dems seem to be the ones who don't get it. Amazingly, you just don't seem to be able to grasp it. There seems to be some kind of blindness upon you. Perhaps this is due soley to hubris, but someone needs to wake up, and it isn't George Bush.

Posted by: DL Meadows at November 5, 2004 12:26 PM

The Left are lousy losers, but even worse winners. But I guess that's to be expected, since, other than Clinton, they haven't had many opportunites to be gracious winners.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 5, 2004 1:09 PM

Raoul --

In that light, it's ironic that one of the worst "sore winner" remarks from Clinton's 1992 inauguration was the "Those are our jets now" remark by 9/12 Democrat Ron Silver, who turned out to be one of the few Hollywood types who actually got what the terrorist attack meant for the U.S. and changed his world view accordingly in the past three years.

Posted by: John at November 5, 2004 1:34 PM

On one level, I wonder if the left domination of media and academia is a blessing. It may force conservatives to be more rigorous in their thinking and avoid the sort of facile intellectual laziness that seems to characterize much of these two institutions. Certainly there are major downsides, such as the impact of these two on the young, but I guess even this cloud has a silver lining.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at November 5, 2004 2:32 PM

So, how many visitors to this blog watched the free Jesus movie they were sent a while back?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 5, 2004 3:17 PM

Bravo, DL Meadows, You've said it well.

Posted by: Tom Wall at November 5, 2004 4:38 PM


I didn't get a free Jesus movie nor did I see The Passion. It's much wiser to read the book, if you get my drift.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 7:18 PM

Bart, I wasn't concerned about understanding Jesus but about understanding red or blue states.

But I take your point. I do think that a large proportion of the people who call themselves Christians have not read the book.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 5, 2004 9:50 PM