Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian | October 9, 2008
Red states vs. blue states, the red army against the blue, and Palin is the "Katyusha rocket" of the red forces. ++ The culture wars in the US must end fast. ++ The McCain campaign has used tactics that exacerbate the cultural differences of "conservative" and "liberal" Americans. ++ Even if Obama wins, the culture wars won't end immediately - America needs to recall the true meaning of "liberal" government, separating the private choices of its citizenry from the real duties of the state: public goods, security, trade and development.