We knew Bush had no intention of bringing America together. What we didn't see at first was his plan to divide America almost exactly in half. Red states against blue states. 51 against 49. Them against us. Bush has energized a few large, interlocking, homogeneous "we" 's—the ruling class, suburban haves, white born-againers, Middle American cultural conservatives, white male haters whose irrational resentments trump their material interests. Opposing him is a patchwork-to-ragtag rainbow that includes fragmented and alienated young music fans as well as groups they/we share little with—the elderly poor, black born-againers, most union members, maybe Howard Stern's army. If enough of all of us vote, maybe we beat Bush in the electoral college, as progressive optimists always dream. But more likely we also need some undecideds, with whom we share even less. So the anti-Bush conglomeration has two distinct challenges: convincing the middle and mobilizing its base. Gratifyingly, its musical contingent cares more about this election than about any in memory; unsurprisingly, mobilization is more its speed... More >>>