Friday, November 18, 2005

What About Worrying About Us A Little?

2004 was National Security, national security, national security… Kerry seemed to be the obvious choice.

2006 and 08 will be a very different races. Pitifully Senators Kerry and Biden are still out touting their foreign policy experience. If they decide to jumpinto the Presidential campaign with that message, a rude awakening is coming as the American people have moved in a significantly different direction.

The winds are blowing… Our prestige in the world is at a low, our inability to impose democracy in Iraq, and our failure to care for our own in Katrina are swinging the pendulum back to our ever-present isolationist side. This is definitely a good political landscape for a capable proven governor focused on a domestic agenda.

A domestic agendas focus and anti-Washington anger are going to be the predominate themes over the next three years.

Hat tip to from the Pew Research Center’s polling:
As the Iraq war has shaken the global outlook of American influentials, it has led to a revival of isolationist sentiment among the general public. Fully 42% of Americans say the United States should "mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own." This is on par with the percentage expressing that view during the mid-1970s, following the Vietnam War, and in the 1990s after the Cold War ended.

The public's overall support for global engagement – which increased in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks – has clearly receded. Just a quarter of the public favors the U.S. being the most active of leading nations, which represents a significant decline compared with October 2001 (33%). The percentage of Americans who agree that the "U.S. should mind its own business internationally" has risen from 30% in 2002 to 42% currently. Isolationist sentiment is growing particularly among Democrats and independents. More than half of Democrats (55%) now say the United States should mind its own business internationally up from 40% in 2002; among independents, 42% express that view now, compared with 27% three years ago.

As to public perceptions of the U.S. global image, two-thirds of Americans (66%) say that the U.S. is less respected than in the past. When asked about possible reasons for global discontent with the U.S., overwhelming percentages of Americans (71%) and opinion leaders (87%) cite the war in Iraq as a major factor.


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