A recent spate of polls are encouraging for those who believe this country has been governed by an incompetent buffoon for the last several years, aided by a Congress eager to roll over and be derelict in providing the checks and balances the Constitution says it should.
Polls today in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today all show the same thing – the public is fed up with Bush, think Iraq is a debacle that we should never have undertaken, and can't stand the corrupt GOP-controlled Congress.
The Mark Foley-Congressional page scandal may just have been the final straw.
Of course, all the usual caveats apply. The elections are still a month away, which is a long, long time in politics. The power of incumbency and the overwhelming financial advantage the GOP enjoys will be hard to overcome. And, frankly, never underestimate the GOP's capacity for dirty tricks, or an October surprise – although Foley was not quite the surprise they were expecting.
But the pundits are saying the Democrats could win one or even both houses of Congress, which was unthinkable just a few months ago.
The Foley thing, by the way, really shows the hypocrisy of the right-wingers. When you hear the hate mongers of talk radio, and the Fox News Channel screaming heads, and the Evangelical religious leaders looking desperately for excuses to sweep this story under the rug, you see what kind of two-faced scum they really are.
Because you know, of course, that if this had been a Democratic Congressman these same people would be screaming bloody murder 24/7 about the immorality of liberals. Hell, they impeached Clinton for a consensual affair with an adult who had bragged about going to Washington to pursue him. But a Republican screwing around with underage teens, when they were clearly uncomfortable with his pervy advances – hey, not a prob.
And if it hadn't been revealed in the press, it would likely still be going on. In fact, they are somehow trying to put the onus on Democrats, saying it was a dirty trick and the Dems knew about Foley but waited to release the info so close to the election. So, in other words, the bad thing here wasn't a Republican Congressman preying on underage kids, it was that the info was released. Quite a moral argument there.
(Not to mention, Brian Ross, the ABC reporter who broke the story about Foley's emails and IM's to the kids, has already said his source was a Republican).
Anyway, keep your fingers crossed, carry your lucky rabbit's foot, and make sure you go vote in November. And, ahem, Jersey people – they say the only Senate race in the country in which a sitting Democrat could lose is, yes, in the Garden State, where Kean is way too close in the polls to Menendez for my comfort. I know Menendez isn't the perfect pol, but, here's the thing, if his holding that seat is what tips the balance of power to the Democrats in the Senate and we get a Senate majority, that can mean all the difference if Bush gets a chance to appoint another Supreme Court Justice in the next two years (a frightening thought).
You've already got the Sopranos image and Hoboken to live down, don't make it the loss of a Senate seat also. Thank you.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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