"And by backing the president's legislative demands, the leadership risks being labeled by Democrats as a rubber stamp for an unpopular president."---Washington PostSo what? Republican candidates would be far better off supporting President Bush's anti-terrorism measures. These issues are sure losers for the Democrats.
DT,More of the same from the adled Presse Ancienne.They love government by polls. They want government by polls. They're the ones running the polls, after all.Don't do what's right, don't even do what the people you represent want done. Do what is necessary to avoid the negative perception that the Presse Ancienne knows they could demonstrate via poll.
The Presse Ancienne is about to really freak out. I have consistently argued that the Republicans will hold onto both Houses of Congress. That was before the huge drop in gas prices. Gas in my own neighborhood has gone down from around $2.95 a gallon to $2.23 in a relatively short period of time. The realistic question currently is whether the GOP will add more seats in November!
DT,A large portion of the public angst and anger is little more than being pissed of about gasoline prices and rises in interest rates. If gasoline prices subside and interest rates stay where they are or even drop a bit the turnout in the upcoming election will almost certainly be VERY low. All the public will remember is the feeling of "a pox on both parties" and won't bother dropping by the fire house or public school to flip a lever.I have no idea what that would mean to election results. I suspect they will be the largely local affairs midterms have historically been (ie, unlikely to yield major changes).
“If gasoline prices subside and interest rates stay where they are or even drop a bit the turnout in the upcoming election will almost certainly be VERY low.”A low overall turnout should favor the Republicans. Their voters are more mature than the typical Democrat. Also, the GOP is mastering the ability to get out its supporters. Liberal journalists Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten candidly admit this in their new book, One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance. Lastly, read Raymond Wolfinger’s writings of some three decades ago.
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