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connor Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-21-03 09:51 AM
Response to Reply #54
61. Beg to differ
From MWO's report on the latest CBS polling...

"Fewer than half of Americans (43%) think the war was worth the loss of life and other costs, the lowest number yet in CBS News polls, while more (47%) think it was not worth the costs. Last month, the public was evenly split on this question."

That's still a plurality, not yet a majority, but the direction of public opinion is evident. Even if Bush and Rove pull Osama and Saddam out of their pockets between now and election day, all it would take is one more terrorist bombing somewhere in the world to remind Americans that gee, this ain't no John Wayne movie, and things aren't magically better because you "got the bad guy."

The problem with the Republican strategy is that you can't scare people into blind panic forever. It's a two-edged, time-sensitive sword. The public may turn to the current administration for security from fear at first (irrational as that may actually be, given the fact that the situation represents a failure on the administration's part, it does make immediate emotional sense: you hide in the bunker you've got)...but time passes. If people stop feeling insecure, they'll vote their wallets. And if they still feel insecure, they'll finally blame the people in charge for not doing enough about changing that.

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