The wailing and gnashing of teeth that you hear among Republicans is 68
percent envy and 32 percent sour grapes. Here is an idealistic,
articulate young president who is enormously popular everywhere in the
world except in the states of the Confederacy, and here sit the 28
percent of the American people who still thought Mr. Bush was doing a
heckuva job at the end, gnashing their teeth, hoping and praying for
something horrible to happen such as an infestation of locusts or the
disappearance of the sun, something to make the president look bad,
which is not a good place for a political party to be, hoping for the
country to slide into chaos. When you bet against America, you are
choosing long odds.
I couldn’t agree more with Garrison Keillor’s editorial.