A Straight Shot of Politics

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

"An Increasingly Partisan War..."

From the analysis of the latest Zogby poll:

But Zogby said the glaring split between how Republicans, Democrats and independents think the President is handling Iraq is remarkable.

“The numbers in support for the war in Iraq are extremely low among Democrats and independents,” Zogby said. “This is a partisan war.”

While 61% of Republicans said he was doing a good job managing the war (down from 70% in October), just 11% of Democrats and 28% of Independents gave him good marks in that area. Among Democrats, 71% said Bush was doing a “poor” job with the war, while 17% said he was doing only a “fair” job.

Among men, 36% said the President was handling the war well, while 31% of women agreed.

There is a word for this. It is a fine old word from the days of the founding of our country. The word is "faction". We are seeing an incredible breakdown of the capacity of the members of the party in power to look at our country and the world objectively. How a war is going is an objective matter. The appearance to a reasonable person of how the Iraq war is going is also a relatively objective matter, documented clearly here by the 28% figure among Independents polled. This is mirrored in the gender figures as well. As expected, there is some bias in the Democratic figures, but the Democratic view is clearly in the direction of the evidence, even if it interprets that evidence in a more exaggerated fashion.

By that criterion 2 in 3 of us are not happy with matters in Iraq and no amount of purple thumbs has made an impression. But among Republicans it is 3 in 2! In other words the belief among Republicans that the war is going well has little to do with evidence, and everything to do with partisan bias.

It is divorced from reality, even if the reality it is divorced from is that only negative evidence is being presented, which I don't think any objective reading of real news supports. You cannot present negative evidence that isn't there.

And it is bordering on the psychopathic. It is a clear and present danger.