According to ongoing polling by Rasmussen Reports, two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. That begs a question: When did the country start going down said track?

One of my personal assistants points to Nov. 7, 2000, the date of the Bush-Gore election, which wasn’t decided until Dec. 12 after recounts, court challenges and bitter partisan wrangling.

After the dust settled at the Supreme Court, liberals’ blind hatred of Bush came to dubbed “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” Then came 9/11, wars, destruction of Americans’ civil liberties, etc. Bush was re-elected (hey, John Kerry, why the long face?), and later the tables were turned with “Obama Derangement Syndrome.”

Media outlets shed any pretense of objectivity. When the White House changed hands, watchdogs became lapdogs. Superstar blogger Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.com calls them “Democratic operatives with bylines.”

Bob Dole, 92, who was the GOP’s candidate in 1996, told the AARP Bulletin that he “might not be conservative enough to be the nominee today.”

Bob Dole not conservative enough? A horrifying thought. Let’s hope he’s wrong. If the populace is that divided (and it well may be), the chasm could swallow up a once-great nation of 330 million.

Mr. Dole, a WWII hero who was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, sneaked back into the news on Veterans Day when he endorsed a GOP presidential candidate … Jeb Bush.

A lost cause? Probably. So was Mr. Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. But he fought the good fight, and that is what great Americans do. It is the only way to get the country back on the right track.

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