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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Telling Elections

Two Governor’s races were won by Democrats who face very strong Republican candidates. One of these races was in the very Republican state of Virginia. This can only mean one thing: The Republicans are being punished by the voters for their failures.

In my writings I rarely talk about the failures of the Republicans simply because I don’t want to be the one to give the liberals any good ideas. However, today I shall make an exception.

The Republicans have become no better than the Democrats at spending restraint. In other words, they have none right now. The Republicans have done nothing to secure the southern border despite the outcry from the American people. The Republicans have refused to answer the attacks of the Democrats with truth and retaliation. The Republicans have not been giving the military the leeway it needs to wipe out every terrorist in Iraq, and has cost us lives as a result. The Republicans have allowed themselves to be criminalized by Democrats who do exactly what the Democrats are accusing them of doing, and they have done it, until now, without bothering to expose the criminal Democrats.

These are HUGE failings on the part of the Republicans. As a result the people, despite the conservative majority, are becoming disillusioned with the party we placed in power to serve our conservative interests. As a result the voters are kicking Republicans out of office in favor of something different, in this case Democrats.

The good news is that these early, odd year losses should wake up the GOP to what is going on and get them back on their A-game both politically, in policy, and in practice. If not there will be a new Democratic majority in both houses of Congress in 2006.


  • A prediction:
    The GOP will only become more out-of-touch following these elections and offer more of the same, thereby weakening their chances at the bigger elections to come.

    However, the Dems will remain spineless and Republican-lite and offer no true alternative to the GOP and we'll come around to our next election with only a choice between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. That is, between republicans that spend like squirrels in a nut factory and democrats who go along with whatever the republicans say.

    They've all been bought and paid for by their corporate masters and can do naught else.

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 7:01 AM  

  • These aren't losses -- in Va and NJ one Democrat merely replaced another.
    And by close margins (inside the margin of error, which means the Republicans actually gained strength)

    In California, the props that were defeated were only by a few thousand votes in the closest item.
    As usual, the red counties in Cal remained red and the blue counties remained blue. Same balance of power in CA.
    No ones deserting the GOP there.

    What counts here is the midterm elections, and we'll gain more seats where it really counts.

    In short, the latest Gov. elections have changed nothing.

    What has changed is the Dems finally admitting that Bush was right and they were wrong about the "WMA".
    Carl Levin spilled the beans yesterday. I suspect we'll find the nukes very soon, the word is out, and Levin wants to look like he's on the right side.

    So much for the "Bush Lied" baloney slung by shameless liberal types.


    "Iraq war critic, Sen. Carl Levin made a startling admission Monday night - confessing that he believed the Bush administration was not wrong when they claimed Saddam Hussein posed a nuclear threat.

    "Look, there was plenty of evidence that Saddam had nuclear weapons," Levin told MSNBC's "Hardball." "That is not in dispute. There is plenty of evidence of that."

    Oh! Looks to me like Bush was right, and Levin lied! How ya like those apples?


    By Blogger Phantom_Driver, USNR, Ret., at 8:28 AM  

  • What's this? Do we have a solid lead on WMD's in Iraq? This is great news!

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 9:31 AM  

  • I think there have been huge blunders by the GOP, but as far as these particular elections, I tend to agree with phantom.

    BTW, I have decided on two possible options for the Support Our Troops and Their Mission movement, and I need y'all's feedback again on which would be best. Hope you can visit!

    By Blogger Rebekah, at 10:26 AM  

  • GOP strategists have been fond of referring to their ascension as a revolution, and very appropriately so.

    The thing is: for a revolution, losing momentum is the same as losing ground. So yeah, this is a bad sign for the Reeps.

    As to the problems you've gone into, Daniel: I think it's fair to say that it's always easier to see the dangers of big government when somebody else is in charge. As a result, a party is always more conservative when it's in the minority.

    By Blogger catastrophile, at 10:42 AM  

  • i agree...the Republicans have been the 'spending' party lately...I have to say, the only difference is they're not raising our taxes to get the money now, they're just putting us in debt for a couple generations...and that doesn't make me proud to be a Republican...but raising taxes wouldn't make anyone happy either, so what's the answer, Daniel? Please tell me you have one!!

    By Blogger Libby, at 10:48 AM  

  • Here are Levin's words, from the transcript: "I think basically they decided immediately after 9/11 to go after Saddam. They began to — look there was plenty of evidence that Saddam had nuclear weapons, by the way. That is not in dispute. There is plenty of evidence of that.

    Where they fell short, the administration fell short, was getting intelligence from the intelligence community about a link, alleged link between the people who attacked us, al Qaeda, and Saddam Hussein.

    There's no follow-up that I can find -- Chris Matthews really dropped the ball on this. I haven't seen a shred of evidence that Saddam ever "had nuclear weapons" that wasn't debunked long before 2003 -- and I'd think if the administration was in possession of any such evidence, they'd have produced it by now.

    By Blogger catastrophile, at 11:03 AM  

  • First let me say, all of you should listen to phantom driver. Join him in his illusions, and carry on. Keep up the good work and you shall be rewarded. (NOT)

    You say "The Republicans have allowed themselves to be criminalized by Democrats...". Is there any room for the possiblity that some of those republicans might actually BE criminals? I don't contest the idea that there are democrats who commit crimes, I'm sure there are. But I am equally sure there are repubs that do as well.

    I think both of these speak to the heart of the biggest problem facing republicans right now. DENIAL. The refusual to see reality. The refusal to hold their own as accountable as they hold democrats.
    The Republican Party took the stand that "they" were the party of higher morals and values. Therefore it is not enough for them to meet the same moral, and ethical values as the Democrats. No, if you stake the claim of being better then you MUST be BETTER. Not equal, but superior.
    This is why the natives are restless and losing faith. Because you promised us you'd be better. Yet time after time you've proven not to be.
    When your President is the biggest spendthrift in the history of the nation, your NOT fiscally conservative. When your VP and his office use classified information to smear their political enemies, and you say "no crime was committed", that's NOT ethical. When you say lying to a GJ is not a 'big' crime, you lower yourself to the same level as those who said Clinton's lie was about sex and therefore of no signicance.
    When you continue to propagate that Saddam had WMD's and was connected to the attacks of 9/11(despite the FACT that there has NEVER been even a shred of evidence to support this claim), you show a stubborness akin to foolhardy.
    Why are people now looking back to democrats for answers? Because you promised you'd be better and you havent been.

    The way I see it, your only hope is that the democrats continue in their attack mode rather than coming up with some real genuine answers and soulutions. Because if they change course, it's human nature that the masses will follow.
    Well that is unless the people of your party decide to wake up and start demanding that the leaders live up to the promises they made.

    By Blogger wanda, at 1:07 PM  

  • Hey Wanda, read above. YOUR GUY, Levin, concedes that Hussein had nukes!

    You're the one in denial.

    And Bush remains C-in-C for 3 more years.

    Get used to it, or whine on.

    By Blogger Phantom_Driver, USNR, Ret., at 2:36 PM  

  • Liberals conceeding that Iraq had WMD's strengthens the President and the Republican Party in general. It is why they have spent the last 2 years screaming that Bush cried wolf on us when in truth it is they who are the wolves.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 2:51 PM  

  • Considering Kaine won with the same percentage as Warner (democrat) in Va, even though Bush's approval rating is half what it was when Warner won, I think we're making a local election a national referendum mistakenly.

    By Blogger Crazy Politico, at 7:01 PM  

  • Phantom, that last comment of yours was a good time for a heartfelt HOOAH!

    By Blogger Gayle, at 7:36 AM  

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