Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Not Goode News?
The bizarre crusade by Virgil Goode and Dennis Prager against Keith Ellison's use of the Koran in his swearing-in ceremony points a potential problem for Bush: the growing anti-Muslim sentiment among religious conservatives. Since Bush often justifies our presence in Iraq by the need to build a functioning democracy in the Arab-Muslim world, if his base increasingly sees Islam as irredeemable, they might start bailing on the war. And all Bush has left is his base. Support for his conduct of the Iraq War has fallen to single digits among Democrats, and not much higher among Independents. Recent polls have even showed support plummeting among Republicans. If the "religious right" gives up on Bush's war for democracy in the Middle East, he'll really be done for.