... frankly, Right Wing Death Beast that I am, Tacitus' post on the subject pretty much made mine redundant. So, instead, we're going to play a fun game of Anecdotal Evidence. I admit right off of the bat that this proves nothing, but hey: it's
my our* blog and I'll be illogical if I want to. It's either this or sit down next to Katherine and start swearing about the recto-cranial inversion problem that Holy Mother Church seems to be suffering from these days.
*This is what I get for trying to evoke 50's song lyrics, you know.
Anyhoo, went and spent Thanksgiving with Mom and Pop Lane. Just so we're aboveboard and everything, Mom and Pop are both good Democrats who sometimes wonder where they went wrong raising a Republican kid. Mom's a retired teacher who often starts talking about those evil Yuppies without quite noticing that most of her kids qualify; Dad's a retired union negotiator - of the baseball bat variety - who would have been perfect for the Wobblies, if only they had been around when he came back from Korea (Navy PO, assigned to 1st Marine Division as an artillery spotter, present at Inchon, two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star - the real one - and written up for a Silver Star) and started working for the railroad.
Now, I love them both dearly, so I was going to mostly avoid politics, but the Presidential visit to Iraq happened, so it got discussed. Both my parents thought it was a great idea - and it reinforced my father's declaration that he was going to vote for Bush next year (my mother's still undecided, but she believes that the guy' sincere). When asked about that, Dad was pretty forthright in saying that the Bush visit impressed the hell out of him, and that it would impress the soldiers in Iraq, whether they were there or no. His example of why that last bit would be true incorporated Bob Hope: my father never saw Hope perform in Korea, but the mere fact that he would come and make the gesture meant a lot to him.
Again, yes, proves nothing. Nothing at all, I'm sure. Mere anecdotal evidence; no possible way that this bit of dissension among the Democratic moderate base could be representative of said base all over America.
But an interesting point about Bob Hope, huh?