August 19, 2005

AND THIS IS AUGUST (via Kevin Whited):

Democrats fail to gain traction from Bush slip (Donald Lambro, August 19, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Democrats hoped they would be scoring political points in this year's election cycle as a result of increasing terrorist violence in Iraq and skyrocketing gasoline prices that have combined to send President Bush's job-approval ratings plunging into the low 40s.

But things are not turning out as they hoped. The Democrats are beset by internal division over the lack of an agenda, carping from liberals who say party leaders are not aggressive enough in challenging Mr. Bush's nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court, bitterness among abortion rights activists after criticism by Democratic leaders that forced them to pull a TV advertisement attacking Judge Roberts, and complaints from pollsters that they have no coherent message to take into the 2006 elections.

Independent pollster John Zogby says that although Mr. Bush is not doing well in the polls, the Democrats aren't doing any better.

"The Democrats aren't scoring points in terms of landing any significant punches on Bush or in terms of saying anything meaningful to the American people," Mr. Zogby said.

They're reduced to hoping their prayers for another Great Depression are answered.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2005 6:26 AM

Another Great Depression and the defeat of American efforts in Iraq.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at August 19, 2005 9:56 AM

Isn't it hideous when a political party's best hope is that bad things happen to the nation's people?

Posted by: Scott Ferguson at August 19, 2005 10:14 AM

8/05: Don't worry, Dr. Dean, between Cindy Sheehan and that new Rolling Stones single dissing Condi Rice, the emerging Democrat majority is poised to emerge any day now. . . .

8/04: Don't worry, Mr. MacAuliffe, between Joe Wilson's revalations on the "16 words" and Farenheit 9/11 and that new Green Day album zooming to the top of the charts, the emerging Democrat majority is poised to emerge any day now. . . .

8/03: Don't worry, Mr. MacAuliffe, there's no WMD, and the Iraqis are turning on us and the economy's tanking and that new John Mellencamp single zooming to the top of the charts, the emerging Democrat majority is poised to emerge any day now. . . .

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 19, 2005 10:42 AM

HD: Democrats don't really want another Great Depression, they're driven to hoping for one by political necessity. Lots of the left wants us to lose in Iraq, and whatever political hay the Democrats can make of it is just hay.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 19, 2005 11:30 AM