Right-track wrong-track polls: another vaunted predictor of political behavior that has to be reevaluated. A conservative would no doubt tell a pollster the nation is headed on the wrong track after seeing Britney Spears and Madonna kissing on TV.

Her protest will consist of voting to lower Britney and Madonna's taxes, as Tom Frank observes in What's the Matter With Kansas. But that's another issue altogether.

What interests me here is how the presumption behind this poll question has been antiquated by the evolution of conservatism. So suffusing has the conservatives' sense of their own vicitimization become, so profound their conviction that the whole world is "liberal" and thus against them, that this right-track/wrong-track business may well be yet another part of the conventional wisdom of mainstream political analysis whose flabby throat deserves to be cut.

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