Thursday, July 27, 2006

Today's Broder Column

This is the type of story that must send a chill up the spine of the people up on Capitol Hill. After a bit of a summer uptick, I would say that the GOP is back where it was in May -- worried to death that come next January they will no longer have the House or Senate. And much like 94, the blame will be put squarely on the guy in the White House. It is still way too early to despair, but the cautious GOP optimism of a few weeks ago certainly seems to have dissipated.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Georgia Done Good

Yesterday the voters of Georgia surprised me and did two things that are for the good of the country. First, Republican primary voters rejected Ralph Reed's attempt at elected office. Although he has way too many contacts in national GOP circles to just go away, at least we don't need to worry about him in elected office.

Second, Democratic voters put a scare into Cynthia McKinney (she of Capitol Police hitting fame) and forced her into a runoff with a relative unknown. One can only hope that she too is turned out.

All in all, a good day for America. Thank you Georgia voters!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

50 States

As my one faithful reader knows, I am not a huge Howard Dean fan. I liked Dean the Governor, but was not so hot on Dean the Presidential Candidate, and I am not particularly fond of Dean the political pundit. But Dean the Chairman of the DNC is still an open question. I think that his plan to increase and improve the Democratic organization on the ground in all 50 states is a good one. It may not pay back immediate dividends, but if it is continued and nurtured, it is the type of planning and organization that is very un-Democratic like. And the type of planning which could move the scales ever so slightly toward the Democrats. (And in a 50/50 country, every bit counts.)

As this US News & World Report story illustrates, the plan is not without its opponents -- primarily those that would rather see the money put to immediate use in this next election. But increasing the strength on the ground will help to make up for the decreased Union help, which was key to the Democratic ground game for so long. Without that Union operation, the Democrats are at a distinct disadvantage at GOTV and without a full time organization in many states, it is hard to keep track of supporters and donors. If the Democrats fall a seat or two short of taking back the House or Senate, the long knives will certainly be out for this program. Hopefully the long view can prevail.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Is Castro Dead?

That's what two completely unreliable sources are saying.

If so, let the land rush begin -- there are hundreds of 70 something Cubans in Miami waiting to reclaim their families old homes. Who cares about the people who have lived there for 40 years -- damn Communists.

Tooth Fairies, Unicorns, Big Foot

I think I will put thestory in today's Washington Post ("Rethinking Embattled Tactics in Terror War") in the I'll believe it when I see it category. What the administration is thinking about is how to spin what is being uncovered, not what the actual tactics are. The first "new thinking" was to attack the press for publishing some fairly vague stories about what is being done, and although it did get the right wingers in a frenzy, I don't think it really trickled down to the general public. (Plus, it were anything more than a PR strategy, shouldn't the FBI be interrogating journalists and the WH pulling the New York Times' press credentials?)

No, the WH is trying to spin in light of some questioning by even their ideological allies, not actually rethinking what tactics are being used to fight terror and whether they are Constitutional or subject to oversight. That's not what this WH does -- hasn't for 5 1/2 years, isn't about to now. Remember these are the "grown ups" and you aren't supposed to ask Mommy and Daddy tough questions.

Monday, July 10, 2006

John Edwards Update

For all of you Edwards fans out there, Newsweek has an article updating us on what he has been doing and how he is laying his platform in 2008.

Seems to me a smart strategy of grabbing an area that is not already crowded out. And his focus on domestic matters will be in nice contrast to all the Iraq War talk, which will certainly grow tiresome by 2008 (if it hasn't already). He is also quietly working the scene without having to get in the internal warfares that are going on in the Party.

I fully expect that he will be one of the two or three last standing come Spring 2008.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Something to think about

"Somehow, we got through the Cold War, with thousands of nuclear warheads pointed in our direction, while still having Congressional oversight."–Kingdaddy of Arms and Influence

Somone will have to explain to me why the terrorist threat is so much greater than the Soviet threat was, and that this greater threat justifies all of the secrecy the Bush administration is claiming is neccesary. (And apparently I am not alone in thinking that way.)


DeLay Vu?

Will Tom DeLay be forced to run again from the seat that he just resigned? (Story here and here)

Thgis presents many wonderfully delicous questions: Would House GOPers be happy or cringe? Would DeLay be happy being a backbencher, or would he seek another leadership position? Would Democrats rather have the seat or the fundraising target? Would the voters "return" DeLay, or have they tired of the drama?

(My take: cringe, leadership, target and return)