October 17, 2006

IT'S THE ECONOMY, SILLIES:

Giant-Killer Lamont Stumbles: Democrat Will Need Republican Help to Unseat Lieberman (Dan Balz, 10/17/06, Washington Post)

Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) met here Monday for their first general election debate, and the insurgent candidate did not get one direct question about the issue that dominated the August primary, the war in Iraq.

Poll: Foley scandal ranks low among election issues (CNN, 10/17/06)
Only about a quarter of Americans say the scandal over former Rep. Mark Foley will be "extremely important" in how they vote in November's congressional elections, according to a CNN poll released Tuesday.

That figure falls far below issues such as Iraq, terrorism and the economy.


And the only folks who even say they care about either issue are partisan Democrats.

It's not like they had any choice, because the Party doesn't believe in anything that the voters believe in too, but the Democrats have built their entire campaign on their certainty that folks would want to change the direction of the country as much as they do at a time of economic boom.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2006 9:37 AM
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"Lieberman has been endorsed by some Republicans and will need GOP votes to win, but he has promised to caucus with the Democrats. On Monday he said he wants Democrats to take control of the Senate and House, though he had declined to answer a similar question over the weekend. "I'm a Democrat, and I hope they do it," he said by phone."

I'd rather see the wealthy dilettante, Lamont, in that seat, thank you.

Posted by: curt at October 17, 2006 10:15 AM

"only a quarter" ??!!!

As a strategy, "The Foley Scandal" worked perfectly.

5% would have been enough, 25% is a staggering figure.

Posted by: Bruno at October 17, 2006 11:05 AM

"And the only folks who even say they care about either issue are partisan Democrats."

Not quite. A number of Republicans are disgusted on both counts. The only operative question is whether they're disgusted enough to stay home, or even vote Democrat.

"...folks would want to change the direction of the country as much as they do at a time of economic boom."

They did in 1994. There is no reason to exclude the possibility that Republican excesses can't induce them to do it again.

Posted by: M. at October 17, 2006 11:29 AM

M:

No, they aren't. Some libertarians are, but they're too insignificant to matter in American politics.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2006 12:26 PM

Bruno:

The number should, of course, be close to 49%, the number Democrats can hope to get in the election. It's a quarter because half of them have never heard of Foley.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2006 12:28 PM

And the same CNN poll says, "Just 34 percent of those polled say they support the war, while 64 percent say they oppose it"

So it's not going to be Foley that buries the GOP, it will be the Iraq folly.

Posted by: Ed at October 17, 2006 3:12 PM

No one cares about the war. It has too little effect on our lives to matter.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2006 3:17 PM

Ed - It is a CNN (Clinton news network) poll so it basically is mostly Dems. Show me a poll where Foley is going to depress GOP turnout and then I'll be concerned.

Posted by: AWW at October 17, 2006 11:06 PM

How about one where his name recognition (or Hastert's for that matter) isn't trivial.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2006 11:10 PM
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