What Washington saw:
It took 38 years for President Richard Nixon's desire to begin to see fruition:
Nixon recounts a meeting with Senator McClellan. He states again his belief in the existence of a large silent majority, and the need for the administration to "stir it up a lot."1I don't think he expected a Democrat President to accomplish it, however.
We also can use some tough rhetoric from Conservatives ala Vice President Spiro T. Agnew:
“A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”2Generally speaking, Agnew is poorly thought of since he was forced to resign the Vice Presidency. The reason for his resignation? Tax evasion! Now that's rich!
Student war protesters “have never done a productive thing in their lives,” and, “They take their tactics from Fidel Castro and their money from daddy.”2
In 1970, he attacks the American media... “we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism...” “pusillanimous pussyfooters,” “vicars of vacillation,” and “the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.” Democrats are “radic-libs” and “ideological eunuchs...” the US media industry, saying it is dominated by a “tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one...” raise, reporter Lance Morrow writes in 1996, “issues of media bias, arrogance and unaccountability that are still banging around in the American mind.”2
UPDATE: Oops! My bad. David Axelrod has straightened me out:
"I don't think it's indicative of the nation's mood," Axelrod said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "You know, I don't think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they're wrong."
"You know, one of the great things about our country is people can express themselves even if they're not representative of the majority."