Saturday, October 07, 2006

A one question poll

So my friend Raoul seems to feel strongly that the country can't take two more years of GOP autocracy and that the Democrats have to take back one of the sections of government - the House of Representatives being the most likely victory. He believes there's a real chance that a continued GOP dictatorship will leave the President an opportunity to pursue war in Iran ('cause we're doing such a good job in Iraq) and that this will also allow the GOP to break the back of the Federal government, presumably leaving the country with fewer and ineffectual governing regulations; a field day for for the rich a greedy. All legitimate concerns to be sure.

On the other hand, I think that winning now would be a long term strategic mistake for the Democrats and would leave them open to losing Congress and the White House again in 2008. They can't run as outsiders fighting a corrupt party if they are already in power. My concern is that in this election swing voters would be voting Democratic simply out of disaffection with the GOP and not out of any real political conviction; a situation that would leave those voters vulnerable to being recaptured by the GOP in two years. I would also like to see the Republicans entering a presidential election year so completely discredited that they lose both houses of Congress and the White House in one massive shift of power.

What do you all think?


Anonymous l.smith said...

So, well, I will be the only one to answer. So be it.

1. I am cynical, and perhaps a nihilist.
2. If the republicans win, and Bush gets his Iranian war, we are fucked.
3. I do not have any idea why you write the republican congress will not give Bush his Iranian war.

2:50 AM  
Blogger Unconscionable said...

Yeah, I was suprised we didn't have more takers on this one.

When I think about it, I suppose that pulling for your team to lose, even in the interest of a longer term strategic objective is pretty cynical.

On the other hand, it seems that Iran is going to take a back seat to Dear Leader for a while.

8:08 AM  

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