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And for those either keeping count or planning to leave town, the inauguration is 61 days away.

AMERICAN ZEAL

European and American intellectuals persist in insisting that the U.S. is “doomed,” wrapping their claims in politically correct talk of multiculturalism and inferior American ways. Nonsense, says Michael Ledeen, a scholar with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Pajamas Media contributor.

“Here’s my little message to the deep thinkers: in this life, there is no final victory. Enemies abound. We defeated the two monster totalitarian forces of the 20th century, and we’re now under attack from the great jihadi totalitarians of the new century. We can certainly win,” he says. “In the course of that fight we will make lots of mistakes, and we will have some very bad leaders. If we’re up to it, and if we’re lucky, we’ll also get some great leaders.”

Mr. Ledeen adds, “As for the moaning and keening Republicans, you’ve got an amazing number of governors, and some of them are doing spectacularly well. The Dems are stuck with New York, Massachusetts, and California, who incarnate true blue doctrines, and are in a mess. Events are likely to demonstrate the failure of blueness in this country, as they have abroad. So stick to your principles and don’t try to be ‘more like them.’ Nobody needs pseudo-blues, if people want to vote left, they’ll vote for the real thing, not you-pretending-to-be-them-except-cuter.”

Then there’s the real American way.

“There’s plenty of revolutionary zeal in America, and we are probably well into a period of great unpleasantness, domestically and internationally. Americans love a good challenge. That’s our history,” Mr. Ledeen observes.

POLL DU JOUR

• 51 percent of Americans say it was “necessary” for David H. Petraeus to resign as CIA director after news of his extramarital affair went public.

• 56 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats agree.

• 41 percent of Americans overall say he “should have remained;” 39 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats agree.

• 40 percent overall give Mr. Petraeus a favorable rating; 43 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats agree.

• 30 percent overall give Mr. Petraeus an unfavorable rating; 34 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,015 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 15 to 18.

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