Saturday, May 17, 2008


Republicans On The Run II

Reader, sane person, and fellow Seattleite Isabelita expresses doubts that McCain will stumble in the Fall, feeling that maybe he'll somehow eke out another Pug-stolen election. I share your doubts, Iz--is it really possible that this politically sewn-up society of vicious, limitless, corpse-gnawing swine will simply file back into their sties? Constantly bitten, forever shy.

But then I think, how weird is this already? Imagine that it's September 12th again, and you're sitting at home watching the news, on the verge of a seizure from the shock therapy of seeing Islam-powered jets slam into the World Trade Centers over and ka-blinka and over. Then this bright little hole appears in your living room wall, it gets bigger, and out pops a magical time-traveling dwarf who intones the following:
"Hear me, oh mortal, and be not afraid! I come from the future and bear a message for your people. Seven years from now, your next President's middle name will be Hussein, and his last name will rhyme with Osama. Oh, yeah--he'll be black and from Kenya. Thou must go now, and tell thy people."
Personally, I would have said to the dwarf, "Look, you're obviously a time traveler, probably from a different planet, maybe even an angel. But I'm not going anywhere and you're completely crazy. So let's just keep this between you and me for now, ok?"

But that dwarf was probably right. Republicans are more frightened than they were after Watergate. The RNC chair, Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) called President Bush "absolutely radioactive" on TV last night, predicting that "if Senator John McCain is seen by voters as "Bush III" he will lose by 20 percentage points." It's Davis's job to be the party's optimist.

Then, Peggy Noonan, the Catholic conservative speech writer and seer of the Republicans talks to the old-time hands, and she had this to say in yesterday's Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats aren't the ones falling apart, the Republicans are. The Democrats can see daylight ahead. For all their fractious fighting, they're finally resolving their central drama. Hillary Clinton will leave, and Barack Obama will deliver a stirring acceptance speech. Then hand-to-hand in the general, where they see their guy triumphing. You see it when you talk to them: They're busy being born.

The Republicans? Busy dying. The brightest of them see no immediate light. They're frozen, not like a deer in the headlights but a deer in the darkness, his ears stiff at the sound. Crunch. Twig. Hunting party.
There's a long way to go, and those quotes are there to make me feel better, too. But here's a happy thought: at least the right people are scared for once.

6 comments:

Brother Tim said...

I don't put nothin' past 'em. I'll believe it, or not, AFTER the election; if there even IS an election.

Zoey & Me said...

Bush will crank up the war machine and we'll be bombing Iran right up to election day. Fear still will have a grip on the electorate. Bunch a yellow bellies.

MarcLord said...

Even if we bombed Iran, the game would be up. Even if the US blew Iran sky high and turned it into glass, the "war" would still be lost, and McCain would still lose the election.

As for not having an election, Bush wants nothing more than to leave, and the sooner the better.

Still Life Living said...

As I was buying gas today for $3.979 a gallon (at the cheapest place in town), I thought we should print up little stickers, distribute them widely that say "$4? Thank you George W Bush and the Republican Party"

When people have their wallets open, paying $55 to fill an "economy" car or over $100 on a SUV -- this is the time to negate the republican brand.

That said, I am more worried about what is going on in Mexico right now. The news articles are all talking about the drug war. I seem to remember that the last election results were questionable, and the violence unleased by the new president under the guise of the the patriot act, I mean drug war. Such an action may be what your other commenters are talking about.

Zoey & Me said...

MARC,

Go to my blog Cat in the Bag and see this pick up on W giving up golf. It's enough to make the average Veteran, voter, toss their lunch.

berensma said...

SLL--

yes, I just saw an analysis about the border and drugs, all the flash points. Like something out of a Robert Rodriguez movie. It could happen here.

Z&M--

on my way...heard that they'd unearthed a "bad lie" of him playing golf after he recovered from his shin injury.