May 13, 2006

Quote of the Day

"On the global political menu of ice cream flavors, if we called George W. Bush vanilla and Mahmoud Ahmadenijad New York Super Fudge Chunk (with extra nuts), our elections give Americans a choice between vanilla and French vanilla. Elections matter and ideas have consequences. But the American political system has already worked out the biggest questions--democracy, free market capitalism, individual rights, suffrage, etc. Even in the most polarized of times, the differences between the parties aren't so stark as to warrant a manning of the barricades. That's a very good thing."
-Dean Barnett, in the Weekly Standard, arguing that (contrary to the theory put forward in a new book) the red/blue state divide will not in fact lead to a U.S. civil war. Posted by Stephen Silver at May 13, 2006 02:50 PM
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