This is not the time for Dems to count their chickens. Rather, it is time– past time–for them to stop their clucking and get down, finally, to their proper patriotic business. Notwithstanding Bush & Co.’s abysmal numbers nowadays, the regime will attempt to steal it once again; and, as sure as shootin’, the stalwarts of the Fourth Estate will, once more, go along with it, as long as the regime has done the necessary pre-propaganda (which is what we see right here):
“If Republicans retain Congress in November, Bush advisers note, he could assert that for the third straight election, the party defied historical patterns and popular predictions.”
Any Dem who thinks the regime won’t dare try to steal it, and/or that the press will not abet such theft (again), is living full-time on that mighty river in old Egypt. Here and now on Planet Earth, the facts are staring us all right in the face (again). So the Democrats had better face that possibility, and, at long last, deal with it.
Elections Are Crux Of GOP’s Strategy
Bush Aides Look to Midterm Vote as Way to Reverse Slide
By Peter Baker and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, May 22, 2006; A01
Confronting the worst poll numbers seen in the West Wing since his father went down to defeat, President Bush and his team are focusing on the fall midterm elections as the best chance to salvage his presidency and are building a campaign strategy around tax cuts, immigration and national security.
Modern history offers no precedent of a president climbing from a hole as deep as the one Bush finds himself in, and White House strategists have concluded that no staff shake-up or other quick fix will alter their trajectory. In the sixth year of his tenure, they said, Bush cannot easily change the minds of voters whose impressions are fully formed.
And so short of some event outside their direct control — such as a dramatic turnaround in Iraq or the capture of Osama bin Laden — Bush advisers have turned to the election as the most important chance to rewrite the troubled narrative of his presidency and allow him to recover enough to govern his last two years, Republican strategists said. With that in mind, Bush last week called on the National Guard to help stop illegal immigrants, signed tax-cut legislation and headlined three party fundraisers.