Isn’t it a bit curious how much liberals (including Springsteen) talk about how this is the most crucial election of our lifetime? I would agree that it’s hardly insignificant. It’s a choice between a War on Terror and a Negotiation with Terror. But I would argue that Reagan over Carter was more crucial in our lifetime. Bush over Dukakis might have helped seal the end of the Cold War. Are they saying that electing Kennedy, Johnson, Humphrey, McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, and Gore were never really that crucial?
I’m thinking my colleague down the hall is right: liberals really think the global threat of our times is not al-Qaeda. The global threat of our times, the Evil Empire that must be torn down, is the Bush administration.