- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2008

FEARING CHANGE

All right already. We get it. America, the federal government and possibly the whole known universe is going to change come Inauguration Day.

But not everyone is happy about that.

Three out of four Republicans — 75 percent — are worried that President-elect Barack Obama “will change things too much as president,” according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Sunday. Almost half — 46 percent — of all voters also fear this, along with 49 percent of unaffiliated voters.

Meanwhile, Democrats are in the complete opposite corner. More than half — 52 percent — fret the new president “won’t change things enough.” Just 19 percent fear he’ll go too far.

Overall, 32 percent say Mr. Obama will change things too little; 22 percent are undecided.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Nov. 11-12, and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

FEARING PALIN

The liberal caterwaul against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could be driven by a fear of her potential, some say.

“After witnessing the poise, energy and panache with which John McCain’s 44-year-old running mate handled herself on the national stage, can the backbiters working overtime to trash her intellect really believe she is nothing but a vain and ignorant airhead? Well, maybe; partisans and ideologues are good at seeing only what they want to see. But they might want to recall that the last Republican to inspire such ardor and admiration among the party faithful — Ronald Reagan — was also derided as a dim bulb,” writes Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe on Sunday.

“I suspect that the loathing of Palin by so much of the opinion elite is driven not by contempt for her brainpower but by fear of her political potential. She is cheerful and charismatic, an unabashed and likable conservative who generates extraordinary grass-roots enthusiasm. Tens of thousands of voters showed up at her campaign rallies, and even now, when she appears on TV, record-breaking numbers of viewers tune in,” Mr. Jacoby continued.

“Whether Palin has the skill and stamina it would take to win a presidential nomination, let alone capture the White House, it is way too early to tell. But the smart money says she is a force to be reckoned with. That may be just what her critics are afraid of.”

CONSERVATIVE LAMENT

“Thousands of conservatives and even some moderates” have complained that The Washington Post is too liberal, ombudsman Deborah Howell said on Sunday. More than 900 subscribers have taken their business elsewhere, she writes.

“Conservative complaints can be wrong: The mainstream media were not to blame for John McCain’s loss; Barack Obama’s more effective campaign and the financial crisis were. But some of the conservatives’ complaints about a liberal tilt are valid. Journalism naturally draws liberals; we like to change the world. I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.”

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