September 10, 2004,
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appears in the September 27, 2004, issue of National Review.
Afew weeks ago, the Washington Post Style section profiled a new book with the couldn't-be-clearer title He's Just Not That Into You. The book offered its female target market a revolutionary new insight: If a man does not pursue a woman, it's because . . . he doesn't like her very much. When the author first explained his theory to his female friends in Los Angeles, they were thunderstruck: "It was like we were all punched in the stomach."
Male readers of the Style section must have wondered: Can half the human race really be so deluded about the fundamental facts of life? But that question is unfair. After all, a very great many of those male readers are national Democrats and they share exactly the same blindness as those Californian women.
If their candidate is trailing in the polls, as John Kerry is trailing now, they will try a million excuses before considering the possibility that the problem is . . . their candidate. He's got so much going for him! He's smart, he's handsome, he has medals: How could the voters not immediately fall in love?
Of all the roster of excuses Democrats invoke to explain why the voters suddenly go cold ("Maybe they have lost our phone number? Maybe they have commitment issues?") the absolute favorite is the excuse we have begun to hear this summer and fall: Their wonderful fella has fallen victim to Lee Atwater-style Republican dirty tricks.
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