Larry Elder

 Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, himself a former presidential candidate, recently called Dick Cheney a "coward." Why? Cheney dared take issue with Kerry's position -- such as it is -- in the war on terror. "When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney," said Harkin, "who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil. . . . Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don't like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough. Yeah, he'll be tough. He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids. But not when it was his turn to go."

 For a window into that worldview, take George W. Bush's recent campaign stop in Santa Monica, Calif., one of the most liberal cities in the country. My producer, Les Siegel, explored the logic of some anti-Bush protesters:

 Protester No. 1:

 Question: What does your sign say?

 Answer: "Bush, You're Fired!" He only has three more months left, and I'm so happy.

 Question: Do you want Kerry to win?

 Answer: Oh, yeah. Bush is a dictator and he's a fascist, and he's just destroying America, and everything that Americans believe is ruined because of him.

 Question: How is he a dictator?

 Answer: Because he's going around murdering innocent people, lying to everybody, and it's all for his own profit . . . putting money in his own pocket.

 Question What's his biggest lie?

 Answer: With the war? Actually him being president, number one. He cheated. His brother Jeb got him into office. And his father, give me a break, come on. He has to go because he's the worst president alive. ("Or dead, too," someone in the background faintly added.)

 Protester No. 2:

 Question: What does your sign say?

 Answer: "Stop the war -- Bring home the troops now."

 Question: Why are you protesting?

 Answer: I've been around for 70 years, and I've never seen a president as immoral as Bush. I think he's the worst in my memory.

 Yes, we have two Americas.

 On the one hand, we have Americans -- even those who refuse to support Bush -- who see the president as a decent human being attempting to do the right thing. On the other hand, we have the almost pathological we-hate-Bush chorus whose high-profile members include the Michael Moore-Al Franken-Janeane Garofalo-types. They seem to despise Bush more than Osama bin Laden.


Larry Elder

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