I said that I had perused the comment section of Joe's post and here is a comment that I really liked. I am going to reprint the entire comment here because I think that everyone should read it as a kind of stand-alone piece. I hope that this is not a breach of blogger etiquette. I don't think it is. Anyway, here is the comment from Joe Gandelman's post from a commenter named Mailanka.
Maybe I'm living with my head under a rock, but... most people don't care. I don't. My friends don't. Nobody I talk to cries about this. In fact, the only place I can find consistent references to it is on the drudge.I think Mailanka is probably hitting it pretty close to the truth here.
We had the grieving families of 9-11 berating Bush over the War. Didn't do much for political opinion. We've had soldiers oppose the war. Didn't do much. We've had other family members oppose the war. Did nothing.
This won't do anything either.
People are so inundated with anti-war messages from the media that we're pretty inured. The polls show Americans thinking the war is going badly because they flip on their television and its constant weeping mothers and car bombs and "mistake" after "mistake." How have we possibly survived this long? The media doesn't seem to have an answer for that.
So what's one more woman weeping over the war?
In the end, the real question isn't how popular the administration is right now, but whether it can push its agenda, and how this will affect future elections. I don't think it will. Most political analysts predict that candidates need to run on a hawkish stance, which runs contrary to your analysis that this will shift the americans to a more pacifistic stance.
It's the political popcorn of the week. Pundits talk constantly about it, but it'll be forgotten next week.
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