Would that "official Washington" would cling to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In the meantime, it must be enough for us that about half or so of the American people find contemporary meaning in his words.
In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that
- 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress;
- 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of Congress; and
- 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress.
... but pleeease don't miss Norman Podhoretz in today's Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Sarah Palin
... how do we explain the hostility to Mrs. Palin felt by so many conservative intellectuals? It cannot be differences over policy. For as has been pointed out by Bill Kristol—one of the few conservative intellectuals who has been willing to say a good word about Mrs. Palin—her views are much closer to those of her conservative opponents than they are to the isolationists and protectionists on the "paleoconservative" right or to the unrealistic "realism" of the "moderate" Republicans who inhabit the establishment center.
Much as I would like to believe that the answer lies in some elevated consideration, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the same species of class bias that Mrs. Palin provokes in her enemies and her admirers is at work among the conservative intellectuals who are so embarrassed by her.
I should leave it you to discover the rest, but I cannot resist his climactic pièce de résistance:
"... I hereby declare that I would rather be ruled by the Tea Party than by the Democratic Party, and I would rather have Sarah Palin sitting in the Oval Office than Barack Obama."
I do heart Norman so.