Thursday, November 04, 2004

Don't Believe the Hype

From Margaret Carlson in the L.A. Times:
Get along? I don't think so. The truth is, we can't all just get along, not anytime soon, unless some things change.

To start, President Bush has to quit saying his side is good (God told him so) and the other side is bad. Republicans didn't just demonize John Kerry, they demonized his supporters (the Catholic bishops warned the flock they could go to hell just for voting for him). Republicans love their families and you, well, we don't know about you and your families.

When I first met conservative Bob Novak at CNN and said I couldn't do a show on Thanksgiving weekend, he was surprised to learn that I would be cooking for 20. In his mind, liberals live on brie and chardonnay and never turn on the oven. We surely don't bake apple pie.

The president revels in the red-and-blue map, two countries occupying one land, feeling about each other the way Iran feels about Iraq, wary and distrustful. Not only did he break his promise to be a uniter not a divider, he's proud of it. Asked as he came out of his polling station in Crawford, Texas, on Tuesday morning about the polarization he's created, Bush said, "I take that as a compliment."


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