Phil: Let me give a preview of my column next week: These folks are also over-selling the benefits of having the Dems run the House.
The Spectacle Blog
Jonah Goldberg joins the list of conservatives who see a bright side to Republicans losing control of Congress this year. I cannot think of one good reason why Republicans deserve to win this year, but at the same time I wonder whether Republicans losing Congress would have the long-term positive effect on the party that conservatives hope it would. In my view, the most compelling argument for a Republican loss is the hope that if they lose because of a drop-off in turnout among conservatives, they wouldn't take conservative voters for granted in the future. But there's also just as much of a risk of them turning to the left in response to a defeat. Ramesh Ponnuru addressed this fear in his NY Times piece earlier in the week:
The suicide tragedy might have been avoided had the folks who run CNN had any brains at all. How on earth did someone who is as obnoxious as Nancy Grace ever get on TV in the first place? And how has she managed to stay on the air for longer than one week? For example, take a look at this clip from her show back in May.
And this bit from July is just classic. Put the video to the one-minute mark, listen to Grace's question and then watch Elizabeth Smart's reaction. Priceless.
In today's Washington Post, Dana Milbank writes about Nancy Pelosi unveiling the Democrats latest slogan, "A New Direction for America":
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,
Can Do Better" and, most recently, "Six for '06." America
I'm subbing for Hugh again today, and there's no lack of things to talk about. We'll discuss the special place in hell reserved for Richard Armitage, the McCain/Graham/Warner obstacle to the president's legislation on detainee treatment and a bunch more. Guests include the Beltway Boys (Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke) and Larry Kudlow. Hope ya can tune in. We'll be asking you to drink from the information firehose.
In a post on TAPPED, Robert Kuttner writes:
The Republican story on
and Connecticut , repeated a little too credulously by much of the press, is that the Dems shoved aside their moderate incumbent, Joe Lieberman, while the Republicans wisely kept theirs, Lincoln Chafee. But hold on a minute. Didn't voters in both states' primaries choose the guy who is opposed to Bush's Iraq War? Rhode Island
As I noted earlier in the year, The New Republic's rhetoric is getting more extreme in what is probably an attempt to win back the left-wing subscribers it lost in the last few years. (Or, maybe it's because the folks at TNR genuinely want to turn hard left--not sure which is worst).
Today TNR continues the trend by labeling Club for Growth as "tax-cutting maniacs." What, exactly, have the people running CFG done to warrant the term "maniacs"? Be vigorous and uncompromising in promoting the issues they care about? If so, does that mean that we can now refer to NARAL as pro-abortion maniacs or Families USA as government-run health care maniacs?
That is one of the results of adopting the mentality of the political extremes: you don't much think about the consequences of using inflammatory rhetoric.