Sunday Open House

Phaedrus at No Fear of Freedom performs heroics deconstructing the recent CBSNews/NY Times Poll and discovers that we seem to be kidding ourselves on a massive scale.

63. Do you think of the war with Iraq as part of the war on terrorism, or do you think of it as separate from the war on terrorism? IF ANSWERED �PART OF WAR ON TERRORISM�, ASK: Is it a major part of the war on terrorism, or a minor part of the war on terrorism?

Thirty-eight percent think it’s a major part, but 13% think it’s only a minor part, and 45% think Iraq is not part of the war on terror. So, basically the American people feel Bush is fighting the wrong war, and fighting it badly, as we shall see, but they think he’s doing a wonderful job in the war on terror. I developed a pounding headache just from writing that last sentence.

Question of the Day: What’s going on here? By overwhelming margins, we think he’s doing a terrible job with the war and yet nearly a majority of us (read the whole post) approve of the job he’s doing with the war. This makes no sense. So what’s with us? What do you think we’re thinking? Are we masochists? Illogical? Monumentally stoned? What?

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