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October 27, 2005

How many times am I going to have to read this?

More than 30 percent of Americans happily answer to the appellation "conservative," while 18 percent call themselves "liberal." And yet when questioned by pollsters, a super-majority of more than 60 percent take positions liberal in everything but name. Indeed, on many if not most issues, Americans hold views well to the left of those espoused by almost any national Democratic politician.

Seems to me I've read it about twenty times, in various articles, over the last year or so. Is it possible there's someone out there who doesn't get it?

Connected to the previous entry, I now find myself wondering if people are so disconnected from reality that they're treating party politics like a game? They've picked a side and they're sticking with it out of blind stubbornness and some weird inability to admit that what they really believe in and what they publicly support have no connection with each other?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:59 AM


You may remember that this happened during the Reagan years, too. (But maybe not, I am getting old.) In surveys, disagreement with Reagan's positions was high, but people still voted for him because they liked him. It speaks to his ability to perform on camera the quality of his image consulting team.

Posted by: Kim Pearson at October 27, 2005 01:04 PM

Now that you remind me, I do remember, Professor Kim. And I remember that I held the opinion at that time that We The Peepul were, by and large, a mangy pack of morons. But sometimes I'm rude.

Since you brought it up, the point actually isn't why people were fooled by the Bush campaign (twice!) but why, when, where, or how people stopped voting for what they believed in?

Is it, as I'm beginning to suspect, because the Democratic Party stopped standing for what people believed in>

Posted by: Anne at October 27, 2005 01:30 PM