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    Bruce Webb is right:  I compare my life--a single young person with no dependents and relatively few commitments besides a fairly untaxing 9-to-5 job, versus a father and/or mother of four children who are running from work to soccer practice to dance classes to PTA meetings (in other words, my parents' lives for the last 20+ years).  I have the luxury of reading blogs and online newspapers, taking an hour to watch the NewsHour, and keeping close tabs on the news, while many other Americans barely have enough time to skim through the morning's newspaper.

    EVEN SO, that does not excuse people from not engaging in critical thinking.  All you have to do is read the front page, watch the 30-minute newscasts, and think, "Okay, why are these things happening? Do Bush and Rumsfeld deserve to be called good leaders if all of this is happening under their watch?"  

    James Earl, you're also right in that the American people tend to look at the results rather than the process or even the cause, and I also despair about the ability of the American populace to put 2 and 2 together; but there are moments when I think back on all the people I personally know in my blood-red home state, and I feel a glimmer of hope:  these people may be slow, underinformed, and a little too doggedly loyal, but by and large, they aren't stupid once they learn the facts.

    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen, philosophers, and diviners." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by heg03 on Thu May 13, 2004 at 06:57:07 AM PDT

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    •  we'll see in November (none)
      I think a lot of people are supporting Bush on the war because that was their initial inclination, and they haven't had the time to check whether there's anything to back up his claims. A bunch of those people will do some last-minute checking just before they vote, and I think many will change their minds.

      That, I think, is what happened to Gray Davis in the recall election. The polls were close going into the last week, because a bunch of the people who voted for him in the general election assumed he had some good answer for his critics. When it got into the last week and all he wanted to focus on was Schwartzenegger's grope scandal, they realized he didn't.

      This will be close into mid-October, and then the just-tuning-in people will break Kerry's way.

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