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Friday, October 29, 2004

The Hatred

posted by Jazz at 10/29/2004 01:22:00 PM

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Take a look at Leonard Pitt's column today. Rather than focusing on who is going to win the election on Tuesday, (or in four to six weeks when the courts get done with it) he joins the growing number of journalists pondering the question of what comes next. One man accepting victory in this race is not going to do anything to suddenly erase the militant hatred brewing on both sides of the fence.

The anger toward George W. Bush is, of course, a residual effect of what many consider the stolen election of 2000. In that view, the Supreme Court installed in the presidency a fortunate son of no great intellectual rigor. The fact that the self-professed ''uniter'' immediately took a sharp turn to the political right and revealed an unerring instinct for flip-the-bird unilateralism certainly didn't help. The anger toward John Kerry is a newer phenomenon; most Americans couldn't have picked him out of a police lineup before this year. But a sophisticated GOP campaign to ''define'' the senator has made up for lost time, painting him as an effete and foppish man of no discernible principles or backbone who lied about his service in Vietnam.

A valid question. From Bush we already know that we will get more of the same. Kerry's people are already talking about putting moderate Republicans in the cabinet, instead of a full slate of Democrats. If people like Tom "The Hammer" DeLay can be shuffled to the back of the bus, bipartisan cooperation may still take root in Congress over the next four years. We can only hope.