Emmett Tyrrell

Now they are mocking the president for failing somehow to create a more civil tone in the nation's political discourse. Do they come up with any instances of billingsgate from the president? Has he whined that he is afflicted by "Bush-haters"? Not at all, the evidence the Democrats advance to support their charge that the president is responsible for Washington's rude rhetoric is his insistence on pursuing Republican policies, not Democratic policies. Meanwhile the president stoically stands by as Al Gore calls him a "moral coward," and Richard Gephardt derides him as a "miserable failure." That last term caught on despite Bush's victories in the war on terror and against Iraq, followed by the rebounding economy.

I would like to know how Rove and his colleagues take all this Democratic outrage and hypocrisy. Something about their boss infuriates Democrats. The other day, I overheard a group of otherwise sensible Democratic politicians abominate the president for the way he walks (he swaggers), talks (he sneers) and dresses (cowboy boots). There is something odd about this.

The Democrats will tell you that the source of their complaint is that this president is "far to the right." Yet he is no further to the right than President Ronald Reagan was. In fact, this is the second presidency in two decades to follow a course steered by the modern, post-World War II conservative movement. One would think that the Democrats would greet this peaceful, perfectly normal historic evolution with a semblance of equanimity. What makes them so hysterical?

Apparently, they thought that America would never change. They expected to maintain one-party domination of the country's politics much as they have maintained one-party domination of its culture. Well, look around you my Democratic friends. Look at the Internet, talk radio, the Fox Network, the intellectual reviews. You are losing cultural dominance, too. As the surly feminists are wont to say, "Get used to it."

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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