The Moose suspects that the bottom could be about to fall out on the Republican Congress.
The events of the last couple of weeks are beginning to have a '94 feel to them. The Moose has always been somewhat skeptical that the Republicans could actually lose Congress. No longer. That doesn't mean that there is any guarantee that there is a wave building that will sweep the Democrats into power. But, its getting close.
One could not fathom the events of the last several months, to say nothing of the past two weeks. The turmoil in Iraq was perhaps the easiest to expect. However, the Katrina disaster, the Iranian brazen move to obtain nukes, the Libby indictment and more recently the Cheney shooting and the Dubai deal are all indications of an Administration that has lost control. And a GOP Congress is tarnished with a scandal that symbolizes the corruption of power.
The Dubai deal, particular, reminds this mammal of the 1994 Crime Bill and Midnight Basketball. The policy may have been sound, but the optics were disastrous. Just imagine if a Kerry Administration had approved this deal! The conservative street is outraged as the "Moderate Mullahas" of elite conservative opinion attempt to pacify the rioting street cons.
And the kicker is that at least one poll shows that the Democrats edge the Republicans on national security! Global warming is evidently not an issue because hell has frozen over!
Of course, there is no certainty that the bottom will actually fall out on the GOP. It only looks that way. Campaigns matter. And Democrats should not suffer from irrational exuberance over the latest poll showing a new-found strength on national security. Democrats still suffer from severe vulnerabilities on that front.
However, Democrats should start thinking about how they would govern if lightning strikes and they gain control over one or both chambers. What are their ideas for governance?
And remember, the best thing that ever happened to the Clinton Presidency was losing Democratic control over Congress. --