September 15, 2006


Zogby: Battle for Congress Tightens (Zogby, 9/15/06)

Following an aggressive media blitz, the latest Zogby America poll finds the standing of President Bush and congressional Republicans climbing as the November elections rapidly approach.

The telephone survey was conducted Sept. 12-14, 2006, included 1,034 respondents, and carries a margin of error of +/– 3.1 percentage points.

The poll contains good news for congressional Republicans battling a strong Democratic push to retake the House and Senate. While Republican congressional candidates trailed their Democratic counterparts in the “generic ballot” question by a 39% to 31% margin a month ago, today they have whittled the Democrats’ lead to just three points, 37% to 34%.

Democrats Meander in a New New Direction (Dana Milbank, September 15, 2006, Washington Post)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the woman who will become speaker of the House if Democrats get lucky in November, began her weekly news conference yesterday holding up a red-white-and-blue brochure.

"I hope you all received 'A New Direction for America,' " she said, standing at a lectern that bore the same slogan. She called the manifesto "a compilation of many of the initiatives taken by our House Democratic Caucus that encompasses our new direction for all Americans."

It was a handsome booklet, full of homey photographs and popular proposals, but there was a problem. Democrats have had more "New Directions" recently than MapQuest.

Among the party's campaign slogans this year: "Culture of Corruption," "Culture of Cronyism," "Do-Nothing Congress," "Rubber-Stamp Congress," "Together, We Can Do Better," "Together, America Can Do Better" and, most recently, "Six for '06."

For those keeping score at home, Democrats arrived at "New Direction" yesterday by downgrading one of the "Six for '06" issues (health care) and upgrading three others (honesty, civility and fiscal discipline), for a total of eight items on the contents page.

The entire premise of the Democrats' campaign has always been inchoate disgust with W. But that disgust was just a function of gas prices. Now, with prices falling, they've nothing to fall back on.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2006 3:06 PM

Missouri - $1.85

Iowa - $1.96

Ohio - $2.03

Enough said.

Posted by: obc at September 15, 2006 3:51 PM


Shell primo $2.94 today!

Another Shell still had it over $3.

Posted by: Sandy P at September 15, 2006 4:05 PM

But doncha know, the falling oil prices are just another conspiracy to keep the GOP in office!?

Posted by: curt at September 15, 2006 4:20 PM

But, other than the Democrats, who on Earth isn't a beneficiary of the 25 year conspiracy to keep the Reagan boom going?

Posted by: oj at September 15, 2006 4:27 PM

Well, the Zimbabweans haven't done so well, and neither have the Darfurians.

For their sakes, I hope that changes soon. George Clooney should have punched out Don Kofi for permitting 2 genocides on his watch.

Posted by: ratbert at September 15, 2006 4:37 PM

"George Clooney should have punched out Don Kofi for permitting 2 genocides on his watch." You mean Don W.? By now you should know everything is Bush's fault, including hurricanes, high and low temperatures, on earth, or otherwise. Darfur happens because Bush has not intervened enough; Iraq, because Bush has intervened too much. You must be a neo-con hack trying to blame Castro's buddy for Bush's incompetence.

Posted by: ic at September 15, 2006 5:50 PM

Poor Pelosi still hasn't noticed the typesetting error on her brochure. It was supposed to read, "A New Digression for America."

Posted by: Axel Kassel at September 16, 2006 12:22 AM