In the past few days I've been speaking with Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill (mostly Republicans) about the mood back home. I've learned that it's one thing to read in the paper that two-thirds of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. It's an altogether more bracing experience to go to town meetings and church and the supermarket and find this sentiment blasting you in the face.
The most interesting tales came from Republicans elected from districts President Bush carried by fewer than 10 points. Those districts were once moderately supportive of the president, but now, as one member of Congress said, the anger at Bush is so deep it's almost indescribable.
It's a generalized feeling of betrayal. At town meetings, big subjects like Iraq and the deficits barely come up. But there is a sense that this guy Bush promised to make us feel safe, and it's clear from the Katrina fiasco and everything else that we are not safe.
Friday, October 21, 2005
David Brooks, the conservative columnist from the NYTimes, published a good editorial yesterday.
He notes that moderate Republicans are in a state of outrage regarding our government and this administrations policies.
Brooks also points out that many of these same Republicans aren't extremely worried (yet) about the upcoming election since the Democratic response to all the cronyism, idiocy and out-right corruption has been feeble at best.
Why can't the democrats just come out and call this the most corrupt administration since Reagan and Iran-Contra? I just don't get it...
This administration simply doesn't believe government has a major role in anything from disaster preparedness (unless it involves the military and fighting overseas) to regulating the influence of big-business on government. How did they convince the majority of Americans that the "invisible hand of the market" will address these things?