Monday, October 16, 2006

Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove.

The official White House line of supreme self-assurance comes from the top down. Bush has publicly and privately banished any talk of losing the GOP majorities, in part to squelch any loss of nerve among his legions. Come January, he said last week, "We'll have a Republican speaker and a Republican leader of the Senate."

The question is whether this is a case of justified confidence -- based on Bush's and Rove's electoral record and knowledge of the money, technology and other assets at their command -- or of self-delusion. Even many Republicans suspect the latter. Three GOP strategists with close ties to the White House flatly predicted the loss of the House, though they would not do so on the record for fear of offending senior Bush aides.
The Washington Post asks if they are merely confident or delusional? Or maybe they know something we don't. Meanwhile, Karl Rove has supposedly promised an October Surprise.


Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

I on the other hand am not at all confident. Rats from a sinking ship. Our star is burning itself out and the world is swirling down the toilet. I, and my party are the last bastions of decency and civilization in a cruel barbaric world. Sigh. When the Imans put burqas over your favorite strippers, you will look to me for help, but my heart will be closed to you and your kind Gair. So don't even ask.

2:59 PM  
Blogger gary said...

They will have to pry my favorite stripper out of my cold dead hands.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

Don't you mean off your hand???

12:36 PM  
Blogger gary said...

Hmmm... Are you suggesting that I would treat a stripper like a sock puppet?

1:13 PM  

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