From Captains Quarters :
We're a little more than three weeks out from the midterm elections, and a sense of pessimism can be sensed from the Right. It's expressed best, although briefly, by Power Line, which takes a look at the polling reports at Real Clear Politics and sees a "sea of blue". Dafydd at Big Lizards sees most of the races that give Power Line the blues as too close to call. Hugh Hewitt remains as optimistic as ever, but Hugh is an undying font of optimism anyway.
I'm inclined to lean towards Dafydd's analysis, which you should read in full. The GOP will no doubt lose seats in the midterms, but I'm not sure that the Democrats have enough momentum to wrest control of either chamber. The Senate races are more of a national campaign, but the Democrats have to pick up six seats -- and they're likely going to lose New Jersey, which makes that difficult. They could lose Maryland as well; Steele's close to Cardin and the GOTV efforts there will make the difference. Mike DeWine has rebounded against Sherrod Brown in Ohio, but that's a day-to-day thing at best.
I think Ed is right and the Republicans still have a chance to hang onto their majority. But this is not the time for the Malkins and the Noonans and the Frums and the Wills and the Reynolds to be throwing their usual little hissy fits. Years ago my mother told me that in her high school typing class they typed the following phrase over and over again:
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Under some cirucmstances I would not be adverse to seeing a change in party, but not now. The Democrats are simply not up to it.
From AJ :
The Democrat party was leading all the committees and held the gavel, and are the ones who actually authorized the Iraqi invasion.
[I]n a major victory for the White House, the Senate early Friday voted 77-23 to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to give up weapons of mass destruction as required by U.N. resolutions.
Hours earlier, the House approved an identical resolution, 296-133.
That was on October 11th, 2002. Before the elections and a clear signal to America (because it was before the elections) of where the Democrats stood on the issue. In fact, the Democrats were more ready to go to war with Iraq in 2002 than they were to free Kuwait and drive Saddam away from Saudi Arabia in the first golf war!
This is what I am talking about when I say the Democrats are not up to it. They say whatever works for them at the time. It matters not if it contradicts what they said an hour and a half ago. They never assume responsibility for anything, especially anything challenging and hard. The Democrats are like Eddie Haskell trying to cover his ass with Mrs. C.
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