November 9, 2007


Mukasey confirmed as U.S. attorney general (Carl Hulse, November 9, 2007, NY Times)

The Senate confirmed Michael Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night, approving him despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terrorism detainees. the "despite Democratic" Party?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2007 8:18 AM

The Dems got so used to a decade of being the opposition party that did nothing but throw tantrums that they appear to no longer know how to operate as the majority party. That they are also, in general, run by the same bunch that got them booted out in '94, seems to be another factor. I figure the real reason the GOP lost last year was because people decided that if Congress was going to be run by incompentent, greedy clowns, might as well to put in charge the party that's demonstrated extraordinary abilites in those regards.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 9, 2007 9:50 AM

and the GOP lost because it has too many losers under its umbrella who were unable to collectively defend themselves from what was a juvenile leftie attack; namely being labeled as the party of corrupt war mongering torturering polluters who are religious wackos...

Posted by: Perry at November 9, 2007 10:37 AM

I'm not predicting a big Republican year next year, but it's not at all impossible (war goes well, freshmen blue Dems in red districts, economy keeps perking along, Hillary as standard bearer) and would be a lot of fun from the purely selfish like-to-watch-heads-explode point of view.

Posted by: Ibid at November 9, 2007 11:37 AM

I think it is reassuring that the elected officials of the Democrats are sane despite what they and their most vocal constituents say.

Posted by: Benny at November 9, 2007 2:21 PM

When your own voters stay home you lose. That's why year 6 elections are generally rotten. People get tired of trying to win one more for the Gipper. The idea that '06 was special is navel-gazing.

Posted by: oj at November 9, 2007 3:07 PM

"The Democratic Party: Even when they're on top, they're still bottoms!"

Posted by: Bryan at November 9, 2007 3:50 PM

"blue Dems in red districts" turn districts blue: e.g. Virginia.

The problem with Republicans: the same bunch that got them booted out in '06.

The savior for Dems: Hillary.
The savior for Reps: Hillary.

Btw, where is Fred? He seems very quiet since he declared.

Posted by: ic at November 9, 2007 4:08 PM

Fred is trying to elevate ambivalence to a virtue. It is going to hurt him.

Reagan appeared lazy at times, but he was never uninterested, and he had a 20-year record of advocacy and effective governance behind him.

How is Fred doing with the "retail" politics in NH? Not well, from what I hear.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 9, 2007 7:44 PM


Can I just say something: Who really cares about a few legislative seats in Virginia? In pretty much all states (even CA), you don't really do a lot until you've at least had a Cabinet seat. Heck, if you're my state (Colorado), 6 legislators on something called a Joint Budget Committee have essentially all the power TABOR and the rest of the state constitution give them.

Everything ever discussed in media effects our beloved Stupid Party. Deal with it.

Posted by: Brad S at November 10, 2007 12:55 AM


I'm not sure I get your point. Is it a one-way ratchet, where once a district's gone blue, it never goes back?

Posted by: Ibid at November 10, 2007 9:05 AM