Ever since Karl Rove made his statements that have ignited Demcorats into little bonfires of righteous anger, the most common complaint we’ve heard is that Rove’s comments weren’t accurate. We’re told that this is a lie and that liberals are fine upstanding people who love America and want us to win the war we’re in. We’re also told that “liberal” is Rove Code Speak for “Democrat”, which may be true insofar as if you grabbed up a hundred liberals, you’d find mostly Democrats along with the odd Green but if you grabbed up a hundred conservatives, you’d find Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians. There’s be more Republicans, to be sure, but it wouldn’t be the masive bloc you’d expect.
Liberals are far more numerous that we’d expect and that flies in the face of the criticisms of Rove we’ve heard from the Aggrieved Left.
Don’t believe me? Click through the links on this Instapundit post and read what liberals were saying in the days right after 9/11. More importantly, read what liberals were doing in the days right after 9/11.
Ah…but what’s a “liberal”? Well, like pornography, I think we all know what it is when we see it. Poll a hundred Americans and ask them who they think of when they think “liberal”. My guess is that you’ll get names like Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Teddy Kennedy, and Dick Durbin. You’ll get, in essence, an All-Star roster of the Democrat Party and their honored guests. You know that and I know that and to say otherwise is just disingenuous. It’s a no-brainer to say that when Rove said “liberal”, we all knew the folks he was talking about.
What we might find more surprising, though, is just how big that wing of the party is. Let’s look at a Rasmussen poll, taken in late 2004 that asked whether Amerca was fair and decent or whether is was unfair and discriminatory. The poll found that 62 percent of likely voters felt the country was “fair and decent” as opposed to 26 percent who felt otherwise.
The real shocker comes when you look at the split by party.
Republicans, by an 80% to 12% margin, say that American society is generally fair and decent. Unaffiliated voters agree, but a 59% to 24% margin. However, Democrats are evenly divided. Forty-six percent (46%) of John Kerry’s party say that American society is fair and decent while 41% say it is unfair and discriminatory.
Democrats were split nearly right down the middle on the question of whether our country is fundamentally fair. Were I a Democrat, that might give me pause.
Then again, were I a Democrat, this Pew poll (link is a PDF) would have had be pushing every panic button in the house. In it, people were asked “Might U.S. wrongdoing have motivated the 9/11 attacks?”. When the poll was first taken in late September 2001, 40 percent of Dems said “yes” while 48 percent said “no” – a near even split also. However, when the question was asked again in July 2004, there was no near split: 51 percent of the Democrats polled said that U.S. wrongdoing motivated the 9/11 attacks.
Last year, over half of all Democrats were willing to believe that we were to blame for 9/11.
Was Karl Rove really wrong? He certainly would have been more accurate to say that most Democrats blame the US for 9/11 and that nearly half of them believe this country is fundamentally unjust. Is that so terribly different than what he said? I don’t think so.
I think we’re being fed a line from the purveyors of the Conventional Wisdom. I think those polls show that there are a whole bunch more liberals out there than the Rove-bashers want us to to believe and those liberals do not think our country worth fighting for. Who would fight for a country they thought was basically unfair and has brought on itself the deadliest attack in its history? Who would even want to see such a country survive?
No, I think Rove was right on the money with his comments, even the ones that made the Dems squawk the loudest. Right now, the evidence is on his side. Dems, if they want their claims of patriotism and their complaints when people question their dedication to the country seriously, they need to show that they’re not what the polls have shown they are.