August 26, 2006

DEMOCRAT ISSUES:

Issues Await if Democrats Retake House (CARL HULSE, 8/26/06, NY Times)

Rusty from being out of power for 12 years, Democrats are rethinking how they should parcel out coveted committee chairmanships and the other plums that would come with House control at a time when the party’s potential chairmen are increasingly being portrayed by Republicans as liberal extremists.

And here one thought the issues the Times might address would be those that pertain to the country, not such inside baseball.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 26, 2006 8:19 AM
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Thus did the arrogant nobility around Pompey spent their time arguing over appointments before the battle of Pharsalus (48 BC). They distracted Pompey, forced him into a rushed series of decisions, and Julius Caesar destroyed their army, their pretensions, and the entire political structure which supported them in a single day.

Posted by: ZF at August 26, 2006 10:39 AM

Democrats are rethinking how they should parcel out coveted committee chairmanships...

Daydreams and intellectual onanism.

Right now the Dems have as much chance of re-taking the House as I do of leaping to the Moon.
Absent some large and unpleasant shock, sufficient to convince voters that dramatic change is needed, the GOP will still be in charge come '07.

Generic GOP/Dem polls reflect mood, but are fairly unpredictive of actual voter behavior, so the Dem advantage in "who should run Congress" polls is rather meaningless.
Local polls show that rather few districts are likely to turn out their incumbents, and of the open seats, only a few are likely to swing from GOP to Dem.

As ZF alludes, the Dems would be far better off working harder to secure a few more marginal seats, rather than counting the chickens before they're hatched.
They're acting exactly like those people who are counting on winning the lottery to finance their retirement.

Posted by: Abner Hathaway at August 26, 2006 1:29 PM

The only issue that the leadership cares about his how to "get" Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of those warmongers.

They're acting exactly like those people who are counting on winning the lottery to finance their retirement.

You mean you don't? And not just counting on it, but actually have it all planned out how it gets spent. (Always forgetting that the taxman takes a cut, and that you will get to hear a sob story from every friend and distant releative you ever had in your life, too.)


Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 26, 2006 1:35 PM

Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch...

Then again the Dems have Larry Sabato, Charlie Cook, the NYTimes, the LATimes, and all the other political pros predicting the Dems will be running things come fall. Just like they did in 2002 and 2004.

As Abner notes if you look at the House and Senate on a race by race basis the GOP will probably lose a few seats but retain control of both. A large negative event would be needed to push the GOP out of control. And of course there is the possibility of a large event, especially along national security lines, that could cause the GOP to pick up seats.

Posted by: AWW at August 26, 2006 1:35 PM

The democrats are the kind of people who would have opened the gates of Athens for the Persians, if the Persians had promised to leave them in power after the slaughter. They want power at any cost even if it means that 9 out of 10 of their fellow citizens must die.

Posted by: lebeaux at August 26, 2006 8:52 PM
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