Wednesday, May 10, 2006


I know this is National Bash Richard Cohen Week, but let's not lose sight of the fact that there are many other wankers in the sea. And if you have a hankering for flounder, you can't go wrong dropping your hook in Hugh Hewittless's intellectual puddle. Behold this epic bit of up-is-downism:

(quoting AP)
Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre.

Six months out, the intensity of opposition to Bush and Congress has risen sharply, along with the percentage of Americans who believe the nation is on the wrong track.

The AP-Ipsos poll also suggests that Democratic voters are far more motivated than Republicans. Elections in the middle of a president's term traditionally favor the party whose core supporters are the most energized.
Dark times for those with an ankle tied to these Republican boat anchors, yes?

Not in the World According to Hugh:
There are undeniable signs of GOP renewal, in Senate races in Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Washington State, Montana and Missouri --and perhaps next week in Florida-- as well as great candidates for governor in Blackwell in Ohio and Swann in Pennsyvlania. As Michael Barone has argued, the GOP voters just seem to keep turning out, despite their grumbling.

Bill Kristol has argued that 9/11 may have changed American politics far more than we know, and I suspect the president's poll numbers --to the extent they are accurate-- reflect not dismay with the war, but dismay with the Administration's occasional appearance of placing priority on other than the war. Telling the American people that there is no substitute for victory in Iraq and firmness with Iran even to the point of confrontation is exactly the reassurance that serious people need. The president has been doing this for months, but he and his Adminsitration have beeen helped in recent weeks by the appearnce of the left's venom and its effects on the Democratic leadership. The party is truly unhinged, and a voite for any Democrat will be a vote for defeat, and not just in Iraq.
Ah, yes, Hugh. By all means. Let's focus on the stunning success in Iraq. I'm sure those 29% of Americans who have not yet joined the reality-based community are just the vanguard of a stunning turnaround.

There just does not seem to An approval rating of 31%? Hot diggety dog -- we've got those pesky Democrats right where we want them!

MSM is, once again, about three months behind the curve. The prospects of the GOP Painting the Map Red have increased dramatically in just the past month.

Now it might come as a shock to you that there is a book by that very name, and that it was written by ... quelle surprise, Hugh Hewitt! (Amazon rank: 10,423. Greenwald's: 245.) So it is no wonder he is flogging that phrase, though red paint does not seem to be translating into a green palm.

There is simply no possible set of facts that would lead the Hugh Hewitts of the world to let go of the belief that there will be a surfeit of ponies around the next corner ... or perhaps the one after that.

Never mind that they've already turned more corners than a champion Rubik's cuber does in a lifetime. Never mind that they have been wrong every friggin' time.

To paraphrase the (mis)quote from Vince Lombardi, hope isn't just a plan. It's the only plan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder HH is confused. Republicans have turned lowered expectations into an art form.

For example, remember those presidential campaign debates? We were prepared by being told time and again how C-student Georgie was 'lovably' tongue-tied. By the time the debates rolled around, the very fact that he could get through a televised debate without drooling on his own lapels was lauded as a 'strong' performance, regardless of how well Gore and/or Kerry showed him speaking about matters of policy with actual substance. Expectations heading into those debates were so low that even Georgie couldn't help but exceed them, whereas his more capable opponents were 'disappointing' just because they didn't verbally thrash him quite badly enough to match expectations.

The approval numbers for Bush & friends are laughably low right now, whereas demand is high for Democrats to capitalize on that vulnerability. This sets the stage that even the teensiest trickle of Republican-friendly news sets the pundit class with hands-a-wringing over how the Republicans are defying expectations and the Democrats are blowing their big chance by not doing... something, whatever one supposes the minority party can achieve while the other party holds the reins of power. And the Democrats will get chided and bashed every step of the way for doing or not-doing whatever fits the storytelling need of the moment.

Low approval ratings or not, scandals and indictments or none, does anyone really expect the Republicans to just lay down and die? Hardly. The corporations paid big money for their sleazy insider access, and they intend to keep their bought people in power for as long as possible. After all, they aren't willing to let pesky details such as truth or justice stop them from getting what they paid for.

11:06 AM  

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