Reddish Blue and bluish Red
See Barone's discussion here.
Navigating the Treacherous Path Between Sanctimonious Elitism and Populist Nonsense
Politics is serious business, and it is certainly not for the faint of heart. Richard Nixon was a polarizing figure in American life going all of the way back to the 1940's. That he held office at the end of the tumultuous Vietnam era and resigned the presidency in disgrace only cemented hard feelings.
Yet, Nixon has been out of office for 33 years, and he has been dead for 12. Given those facts, the gratuitous "I" present tense "hate" personal "Richard Nixon" intensely "very much" comment strikes me as bizarre and sad. Can someone be so beholden to a political figure that they feel the need to declare their hatred over 30 years after the person left office?
Evidently, they can. I assume that 30 years from now speakers will declare their lingering hatred for presidents Bush and Clinton. That is too bad. I would suggest that anyone who takes their politics that seriously, and who holds their grudges that closely, should get a life.
To the suggestion that the actions of Muslims only confirmed the Pope's critique, some will doubtless respond that this fails to account for the complexity of the situation: the Pope used an unfortunate source, Muslims continue to speak of the Crusades as though they took place in the middle of the last decade, and so forth. While all of that may be true, this situation reveals the difficulty that some observers have with regard to standard responses to Middle Eastern complaints about the west's alleged atrocities. Middle Eastern terrorists use civilians as human shields, those civilians end up being killed by missiles, and the west is blamed for targeting them. Muslims use violence to support their beliefs, western observers point it out, and the westerners are bullied into apologizing for alleged incivility. Some thuggish behavior invites one to ignore criticisms of the sort that might concern Emily Post, but some people seemingly afflicted with western guilt insist on focusing on the table manners.
None of this is to deny that the Pope should have taken greater care with his words, but if I have to take sides, it will not be with those who kill nurses and vandalize churches.