How hard is it for right-wingers to pick up transmissions emanating from outside their comfy little Brigadoon? Here's Glenn Reynolds (at his MSNBC.com blog, not at Instapundit), citing Jim Geraghty's National Review blog:
A tipping point on Islam?
With the Cartoon Wars giving way to the ports imbroglio, Jim Geraghty, blogging from Turkey, wonders if we're seeing a tipping point in Western attitudes toward Islam. Geraghty collects a lot of quotes, and writes of "my sense that in recent weeks, a large chunk of Americans just decided that they no longer have any faith in the good sense or non-hostile nature of the Muslim world. If subsequent polls find similar results, the port deal is dead."...
Yes, you read that right: These idiots think the reaction to the port story is something that wouldn't have happened two months ago, or a year ago, or, I guess, even in the latter part of September 2001 -- we just would have happily said, "A country with multiple ties to the 9/11 attacks? Controlling a firm that's going to run U.S. ports? Hey, no problem!"
These right-wing pundits won't even allow themselves to entertain the possibility that a lot of Americans oppose the Iraq war and oppose putting ourselves at what seems to be increased risk of an attack by terrorists, and when you add that group to the hawks who oppose the port deal, you get a big chunk of America. To the righty pundits that's incomprehensible. If you oppose the war, you just don't give a damn whether America is attacked again -- that's the righties' story and they're sticking to it.