How did it take so long? Why did it take so long? The power of change in this country moves at glacial speed (although despite John Stossel’s assertion to the contrary, that speed also seems to be increasing). Today’s USA Today has an interesting poll out today that seems to spell very very bad news for the Neo-Cons, and it would appear that the Terri Schiavo case was the tipping point for most traditional Republicans who are now starting to realize that their party has been hijacked by a group of radicals.
The highlights? Here’s a doozy: A solid majority of Americans believe that “Republicans are trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans” on moral values. Gotta love it. The party that claims to “get government out of your life” is now seen by most Americans as one that’s trying to get involved in your most personal matters. How’s that for a turnaround? And if the public starts to believe that the GOP is lying on that front — saying one thing and doing another — it’s a terribly slippery slope that the party will have to tread to maintain any kind of legitimacy on any claim they make about anything. Of course, the mainstream press will continue to spread the propaganda, so potential damage might be minimized by that factor.
Here’s another one I got a chuckle out of. By a margin of 2-to-1, Americans now believe that the religious right has too much influence on the Bush administration.
Now we can take this two ways. Either there’s a code yellow (or red) alert coming up from the Department of Homeland Security, in which case the Neo-Cons will attempt to scare everyone into voting for them again, or the 2006 elections will usher in a new era of accountability in politics.