Certainly, Ted Stevens’s indictment isn’t good news for Republicans but some of these stories seem slightly overblown. If you look at the polls, the Democrats had a better than even shot of taking Stevens’s seat even before his indictment. Given the lack of credible Republican alternatives — at least among those who elected to run — this has been a good bet for a Democratic pickup for months now. Where Stevens could be a bigger problem for Republicans is if he helps revive the “culture of corruption” narrative and taint the party as a whole. The Politico story I linked above talks about the Republicans finding some footing on the energy issue. If Stevens further tarnishes the Republican brand, it will be similar to how Mark Foley was the final nail in the coffin right as it seemed the GOP’s fortunes were starting to improve in the fall of 2006.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online