President George W. Bush has received an unprecedented amount of criticism, and yet he won re-election handily. How’d that happen?
A majority of Americans do not share his application of Christian traditions to a millennial vision of US mission; a majority of Americans believe that, while government cannot solve all social problems, it can give important direction, which contrasts sharply with Bush’s strong anti-government stance.
The Bush campaign put less emphasis on reasons to vote for him than on attempts to stimulate feelings based on his tough talk and reputation for decisiveness. As a result, many voters for Bush will likely get four years of policies they don’t want…. Read whole essay here….