Against Voters

Are Democrats suicidal, or is their strategy of pleasing niche voters at the expense of the majority a shrewd maneuver. We'll see in New York, where voters don't think the mosque should be built near Ground Zero.

By a 71 percent to 21 percent majority, voters in New York state agree "that because of the opposition of Ground Zero relatives, the Muslim group should voluntarily build the mosque somewhere else," according to a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday.

Even in New York City, voters believe Mayor Bloomberg has chosen the wrong side.

Among voters in New York City, 63 percent say the community center should be moved, while the sentiment is stronger among suburban and upstate voters.

More than half of voters say the mosque should be blocked.

As many as 53 percent of voters in New York state say "that because of the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives, Muslims should not be allowed to build the mosque near Ground Zero."

Democrats should not be underestimated. They have a plan - one that includes being willing to lose elections in the short term to win the affections of minority voters in the long term - a block of voters they're working hard to turn into the majority.