Mark Steyn has a fantastic article deconstructing the election reaction of the secular liberals in Europe.
The big question after Tuesday was: will it just be more of the same in George W Bush’s second term, or will there be a change of tone? And apparently it’s the latter. The great European thinkers have decided that instead of doing another four years of lame Bush-is-a-moron cracks they’re going to do four years of lame Americans-are-morons cracks. Inaugurating the new second-term outreach was Brian Reade in the Daily Mirror, who attributed the President’s victory to: “The self-righteous, gun-totin’, military-lovin’, sister-marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, non-passport-ownin’ rednecks, who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land ‘free and strong’.”
What was revealing about this election campaign was how little the condescending Europeans understand even about the side in American politics they purport to agree with – witness The Guardian’s disastrous intervention in Clark County. Simon Schama last week week defined the Bush/Kerry divide as “Godly America” and “Worldly America”, hailing the latter as “pragmatic, practical, rational and sceptical”. That’s exactly the wrong way round: it’s Godly America that is rational and sceptical – especially of Euro-delusions. Uncowed by Islamists, undeferential to government, unshrivelled in its birthrates, Bush’s redneck America is a more reliable long-term bet. Europe’s media would do their readers a service if they stopped condescending to it.
All the stuff in between is great too. The High Church of Secularism has suffered a blow to the faith, and now it’s struggling to reconcile reality with its arrogant, close-minded faith.