December 2, 2004


Don't look now — but Bush is uniting the country (Larry Elder, 12/02/04, Jewish World Review)

Notice, for example, the absence of hysteria when the so-called ban against assault weapons expired. [...]

What about the divisive issue of abortion? [...]

[W]ith whom do the Democrats intend to replace the defeated liberal outgoing Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota? Harry Reid, D-Nevada. Who is Harry Reid? He calls himself pro-life. NARAL, formerly the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, gives Reid a mere 29 percent favorability rating. Contrast that with Daschle's 50 percent. Reid even supports mining interests against environmentalists.

Whether soon-to-be outgoing Democratic Chairman Terry McAuliffe realizes it, the Democratic Party seems to be shifting toward the center — Bush's center.

Even more telling, a recent USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll gives President Bush a personal favorability rating of 60 percent, and 55 percent now approve of his job. And what about "divisive," "extremist," "lightning rods" like National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and especially outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft? The poll gives Rice a 63 percent favorable rating, versus 26 percent unfavorable; Rumsfeld a 51 percent favorable rating, versus 39 percent unfavorable, and Ashcroft received a 50 percent favorable rating, versus 37 percent unfavorable. Indeed, White House legal counsel Alberto Gonzales recently praised his outgoing boss, "I will work hard to build upon [Ashcroft's] record."

It's a 60-40 nation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2004 9:58 AM

I won't be happy until it becomes a 50/50 nation in the institutions of higher learning and the MSM. The former will cause the latter. We should have a rating system for both institutions and legislate an affirmative action program to hasten the progress toward established goals.

All tax exempt NGO's and trust funds should be required to achieve the same diversity to retain their tax exempt status. They like social engineering? I like this one.

Posted by: genecis at December 2, 2004 11:42 AM

Of course Bush is a uniter - he is just not a surrenderer, which is what the Democrats desperately want him to be. Too bad.

And all these enlightened souls who are so piously demanding that Bush appoint contrarians to the Cabinet - they can go live under Parliamentary systems, where such things occur. And where no confidence votes can change things in a hurry.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 2, 2004 2:01 PM

Did anyone notice how Mr. Bush recieved a 10-13% pop in the polls post election? Could it be that the partisan MSM's constant pre-election attacks really did have a significant effect on the outcome of the election? I think the 60/40 analysis is correct with a 51/48 value only surviving because the MSM was able this election to retain significant media control and savage the Mr. Bush at every turn. That control will be much less next election and I believe the shift to conservatism will look quite radical.


Posted by: Maddog at December 2, 2004 2:18 PM

What has happened is that the Left has used the apparatus of culture to attempt to transform society. It didn't work; society's institutions proved too strong and resistant to change. An unintended effect of the failed attempt has been an undermining of the very organs the left had tried to hijack: public education and the MSM.

No surprise here: it's applied Marxism, which means it's all sprurious b***s***,

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 2, 2004 3:54 PM