11/15/2005: Here's the GOP making its own reality....
I don't watch Meet the
Pest Press, so I missed this one:
MR. RUSSERT: But, Mr. Chairman, when you look at what is going on in Washington, in terms of the president's agenda--here's Bob Novak, conservative columnist: "The consequences may be profound"-- talking about the elections in Jersey and Virginia. "As his approval ratings dipped, Bush increasingly has been treated in Congress as a lame duck. The Virginia outcome increases the propensity of Republican senators and House members not only to avoid their president on the campaign trail but also to ignore his legislative proposals."Eagle? Turkey? Had Mehlman been around way back then, he'd have wanted the ostrich to be our national bird.
Social Security: shelved. Drilling in the arctic: shelved. Budget cuts in the House: put aside.
J.D. Hayworth in Arizona said he wouldn't want the president to campaign for him in Arizona. Anne Northup in Kentucky said it wouldn't be a--she hasn't decided right now, but wants to find out whether it would be a good idea. Friday in Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum stayed in another part of the state when the president went up to Wilkes-Barre. And look at these numbers. This is what the voters say. Preference for 2006 congressional candidates, Republican-controlled Congress, 37; Democrats, 48. Our congressional Republicans, "Do they have the same priorities as you for the country?" Same priorities, yes, 24; no, 58. "In which issues do you prefer the Democrats over the Republicans?" Environment, gas prices, health care, Social Security, education, reducing deficits, energy policy, economy, government spending, taxes, trade issues, foreign policy, abortion, immigration, ethics in government, and Iraq--16 of the 19 issues we presented to the people, they chose the Democrats. Your party's in trouble?
MR. MEHLMAN: Tim, usually, when I get a poll like that, I will fire the pollster. That's my response that I usually do to that.
Thanks to Kossack Bill in Portland, Maine for the pointer. (If you chase that pointer, read the beginning of that post. Bill is a gay man, and in Maine the electorate rejected a referendum to repeal a previously enacted gay rights law. Bill has a few excellent words on how it feels to exercise his newly won rights....)
Len on 11.15.05 @ 11:35 AM CST