The Corner

‘Anger’

At Contentions, Jennifer Rubin notes what the Obama team is willing to concede: that there is “anger” in the electorate. I am reminded, once more, of the reaction of Peter Jennings to the 1994 midterm elections, in which Republicans swept the nation. The esteemed and urbane anchorman of ABC News said that the voters had thrown “a two-year-old temper tantrum.”

And that is often what liberals say when conservatives win, right? The electorate throws a temper tantrum. The “angry white male” unleashes himself. When liberals win, why, the voters are simply plucking flowers, smiling at the light, and teaching the world to sing “in perfect har-mon-y.”

I suddenly feel like a Coke . . .

P.S. The late Jennings voted at the same polling place I do, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I saw him once and thought, “Well, we’re canceling each other out.” Of course, a lot of other voters were canceling me, too — and worse.

P.P.S. You remember correctly that Jennings was Canadian. But he became an American citizen, in the last years of his life. Why, I don’t remember, if I ever knew.

P.P.P.S. I once knew a journalist, in Washington, who became a citizen in 1984. He was British. I asked why he became a citizen. And he said, so as to vote for Walter Mondale against the despicable President Reagan. Figured, I thought.

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