George Will

     Republicans should send a large spray of flowers to thank the British newspaper The Guardian. It urged readers to write letters to residents of Ohio's Clark County -- the city of Springfield and environs -- urging them to defeat Bush. The backfire from Ohio was so strong (e.g., one resident told The Guardian, ``If you want to save the world, begin with your own worthless corner of it,''), the paper quickly canceled its intervention. In 2000 Bush lost Clark County to Al Gore. This year Clark was the only one of Ohio's 88 counties to support Bush after opposing him in 2000.

     Some Deaniacs -- the Howard Dean remnant -- and others argue that the Democratic Party would have done better if its presidential nominee had advocated a more robust liberalism. But one of the party's few happy moments Nov. 2 was the election of Ken Salazar as Colorado's senator. Salazar generally made himself scarce when Kerry came into the state.

     For many months Tom Coburn, the Republican candidate for Oklahoma's Senate seat, ran such a weird campaign (e.g., fretting about rampant lesbianism in southeastern Oklahoma) that his opponent, Brad Carson, had hopes of winning even though Bush was on the way to carrying the state by 32 points. Then, in a debate, Coburn asked Carson why he supported Kerry. This was the best Carson could do:

     ``I'm a Democrat. And I support good people for office. I'm a Joe Lieberman type of guy. Because he shared my commitment to expressing our faith in politics; the idea that you don't leave your religious beliefs at the door but that they are important in politics ... he shared my hawkish views about what needs to be done by America in the world ... ''

     Moderator: ``This is Lieberman you are talking about?''

     Carson: ``This is Lieberman I'm talking about, yes.''

     On election night on public television -- your tax dollars at work -- Bill Moyers said: ``I think if Kerry were to win this in a -- in a tight race, I think there'd be an effort to mount a coup, quite frankly. ... I mean that the right wing is not going to accept it.'' Moyers, the emblematic face of public television, is an intellectual icon in the sort of deep blue precincts that think red America is paranoid.

George Will

George F. Will is a 1976 Pulitzer Prize winner whose columns are syndicated in more than 400 magazines and newspapers worldwide.
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