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Thursday, October 09, 2003

Posted by Jake
Anger Management

Democrats hope to accomplish two things by playing up the 'angry voter' theory. They want to characterize Schwarzenegger's success as the product of irrationality. Californians are so blinded by their rage, say McAuliffe and his colleagues, that they aren't thinking straight, and somehow wound up with the Terminator as governor.

Second, they want to whip up more 'anger' and give it direction. Democrats are banking on being able to convince California--and the rest of the country--that the real target for their anger should be George W. Bush in 2004.


I don't think anyone is buying the 'angry voter' theory -- unless of course you are living in San Francisco. This outcome was a repudiation of a completely Democratic administration that had gotten out of control. I am not ready to call it a shift in California politics to the right -- because that probably is not going to happen, but I will say that the voters have issues the following rebuke: "If the Democrats don't do a good job, we will elect a Republican."

This can't be anything but good for Bush. The economy is improving. As it does, it is the litany suggesting that 'Americans are mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore' will be revealed as more and more irrational.


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