Thursday, January 26, 2006
Some people have explained Hamas' win yesterday as being more the result of Palestinian anger at the corruption of the ruling Palestinian Authority than with their desire for all-out war with Israel.
Well, that may be, but, in the end, all that really matters is the end result. It matters less 'why' Hamas won a majority than the fact that Hamas 'did' win a majority. The Palestinian people chose Hamas - warts and all - and they need to be shown that they will get the good (whatever that is) and the bad (which we all know) associated with having a bunch of terrorist murderers atop the leader boards.
And... there's a lesson in this for the GOP. The Palestinian people may not share Hamas' view towards Israel, they may not all wish for Israel to be driven into the sea, they may not have been consciously voting for open war with Israel... but were so fed up with the Palestinian Authority that they chose to cut off their nose without thinking of the effect that doing so would have on their face. And the Palestinian Authority - thinking that the Palestinian people would never rally around the far more militant Hamas - ignored the very clear signs that the Palestinian people were upset with them...
And this is something the GOP has to hope the American people won't do for themselves this November... for even though survey after survey shows the American people are more supportive of the GOP approach to fighting the war on terror, the GOP is running the very real risk of having the American peopel see them as corrupt and arrogant and out of touch with the everyday concerns of its audience. And, if the GOP doesn't move quickly to address this perception, there is a real chance that the American public will be so disgusted with the GOP that the people will go and elect enough Democrats to throw the balance of power in Congress back to the Democrats...