From the Mailbag
So I haven't been particularly up on posting the email I get lately, whether positive or negative, especially now since I have that handy comments function. But I figured I might as well start with this letter from abroad, since we have no political capital in the world anymore. Remember that global test? We totally FLUNKED.
I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, you're the only foreign link on my own blog. I want you to know that Europeans wanted anything but Bush, and I haven't thought of *any* positive way to interpret 'four more years'. Most of us Europeans - except for Italy, Berlusconi being as stupid, stubborn and arrogant as Dubya - have mostly thought of Americans as stupid. I think you are a good exception to what today has been confirmed to be pretty true, unfortunately. Keep protesting, keep fighting with your pen, Europe's on your side. Oh heck, at least I am.
Utrecht, the Netherlands
I will say, however, that I'm not so sure the main problem is stupidity--I think it's the rise of right-wing ideology. Yes, I'm sure many people were influenced by Bush's campaign of lies and fear (there's always that ridiculous percentage of people who still believe Saddam was involved with 9/11). But I think a lot of people knew exactly who and what they were getting, and voted for him anyway (link via Atrios). And we need to be afraid, very afraid.
Anyway, keep the emails and comments coming, folks. You're not alone, and you're not insane.