October 3, 2008

MEASURED BY GEOLOGICAL TIME...:

Now It's Up to the House Republicans (William Kristol, October 3, 2008, Weekly Standard)

After a dreadful three weeks for the McCain-Palin ticket, Sarah Palin came through--big time--Thursday night. She stopped the McCain campaign’s slide and set up a rebound...if.

If House Republicans follow through Friday by passing the bailout bill.

The McCain-Palin ticket’s slide over the past three weeks hasn’t been primarily due to various McCain-Palin campaign missteps--though there have been plenty of those. It’s happened as a result of the meltdown of the financial markets. The McCain campaign’s fall coincides with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and everything that follows. The financial crisis was inevitably going to hurt the candidate of the incumbent party. The situation was made worse by the perception that the GOP (the Bush administration) was both presiding over a financial meltdown and obstructing efforts to deal with it (House Republicans). Republicans lost both ways. If you disliked the bailout, you were angry the Bush administration--and if you thought the bailout necessary, you were angry at the House Republicans. All in all, it was a bad three weeks for the Bush administration and congressional Republicans--and the Republican presidential ticket suffered.

Now there’s a chance to halt the political bleeding--and even to turn things around.


...these ten days during which the House GOP made its own lunacy the main political story hardly matters, but in political time it's been catastrophic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2008 7:31 AM
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