A Democratic House?

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Most polls and trends showing the House and Senate going blue, blue, blue. Virtually all the toss-ups are leaning Democrat, and a lot of the races that nine months ago would have been thought of as safely red are very close.

I'm not registered to either party, but it has never been clearer to me (and a lot of voters) that it is time for a change in Washington. Are there any issues, any at all, where we're going in the right direction? Anything to be proud of?

The situation in Iraq? Our impotence towards Iran and North Korea? The cost of college? The national debt? How's paying that off going, Congress?

I'm skeptical of a Democratic House, but that's just fine. Because they can not screw up any worse. It isn't possible.

It can't be...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that many Republican pundits and Fox News Anchors (is their even a distinction between the two) are verbally conceding that The Democrats are going to gain many seats: perhaps even the Senate.

Some argue that Republicans, sensing a disaster are trying to make sure they place the blame elsewhere; others argue they are simply lowering expectations.

But I still have my doubts. There is no doubt that the public wants change. But our system, complete with questionable voting machines and shady redistricting, could still result thwart some of these wishes for change, The Dems will certianly pick up seats -- but I would not be shocked if they do not win control.

Also worth noting: if the Senate result in a tie, and the Democrats make moves to impeach, or offer resolutions to withdraw troops, one has to at least consider the possibility that Lieberman will pull a Zell Miller and leave the Democratic Party, shifting the balance of power.

Lieberman's support is coming largely from Republican's and he only has a third of the Democratic vote.

Since he is percived by liberals, fairly or unfairly, as a Bush ally and an apologist for the war (he sponsored the Iraq War Resolution in 2002) he may figure that is ablity to win elections as a Democrat will be diminished.

The Republicans, by choosing not to endorse the Republican candidate for Senate in Connecticut, gave Lieberman a huge political kiss. He has the financial support and endorsement of the RNC -- which has earned him the support of most Republicans in COnnecticut (he is way behind Lamont amongst Democrats).

In short, Lieberman would have lost this election if it werent for the Republicans. Meanwhile he has to win the seat in spite of Democrats, not because of them.

His seat cannot be considered a Democratic seat; it is Lieberman's seat -- and he owes the Republicans big-time for saving his job and career.

Food for thought, I think.

Michael Corcoran