4 November 2004
Welcome to the isolation booth
Caren Lissner apparently isn't surprised:
ABC News says that their exit polls in the heartland show that moral issues were their most important issues when voting, and Iraq is down around fourth. These folks aren't as worried about being hit by terrorists or the war in Iraq as they are about abortion and gay marriage? Actually, not surprising on certain levels. To some people, if it hasn't hit you directly, it doesn't exist.
How "directly" does it have to be? I'm five miles as the grackle flies from where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City used to be; I literally heard the blast at 9:02 that sheared off the front half of the structure. (Nineteenth of April, 1995; it was in all the papers.) Terry and Timmy and whatever John Does may have been associated with them surely pass any conceivable global test for terrorism.
(Via Dawn Eden, who knows where I live.) Posted at 6:33 AM to Political Science Fiction
Yeah, what Chucky said. The blast scared the crap out of Bob Hughes and his friend Cammie, and they hid in the kitchen for 2 days.
Terkish Payne, and we were closer (30th and May or so)
Are you're saying your hinterand neighbors never made the connection between Timmy, the various militiae (whatever happened to those bad boys?), and international terrorism? Obviously there's been some kind of intellectual/emotional dis-connect, and you're living at it's epicenter... (Watch that!) if Oklahomans still chose fear of gay sex over terrorism as a stronger issue in the election. Which by the way is the point, crudely put I'll grant you, of the left's discovery of how dumbed-down America has gotten.
We tend toward the pragmatic here, with just a touch of Gertrude Stein: a terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. There is still some discussion over what ties, if any, T&T may have had to Middle Eastern types, but it's not front-burner stuff by any means. As for the rest of the home-grown militants, they're keeping a low profile, and the lower it is, the better I like it.
And if we were to judge solely on the basis of Where The Votes Are, the state's priority this year was property-tax relief for disabled veterans, which got more votes than any candidate or any other ballot initiative; I'd say that this fact suggests, all by itself, that there are a lot of factors at work, few of which lend themselves to sloganeering.