Countering the mainstream media’s ongoing distortion of reality are these quotes from a letter from MoveOn:

The Wall Street Journal points out, Bush’s victory was “the narrowest win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.”

All of the media hullabaloo about the “missing youth vote” is false, too, by the way. More people between 18 and 30 turned out this year than ever before, even though the total percentage of young people in the population is smaller than it was in previous races. And the youth age bracket voted emphatically for Kerry—a good sign that future generations are more progressive, that history continues to move in our direction.

And there’s a historical precedent for believing this is a beginning, not an end. In 1972, Richard Nixon ran against George McGovern, a progressive populist with a great message about stopping the Vietnam War. McGovern lost in a landslide, winning literally only one state even though the Watergate scandal was swirling around Nixon. But a year and a
half later, Nixon resigned; two years later, reformist Democrats won back control of both legislative chambers.

- Cheryl Meeker [Friday, November 5th, 2004]


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