Once again, I am stunned that the Republicans had the gall to foist this manchild on the United States of America --- and that so many Americans accepted it for so long. There's a lot of talk in the wingnutsphere about "Bush Derangement Syndrome" which says that we are all suffering from irrational hatred of Dear Leader. But it's not accurate. Bush is just a spoiled, deluded little boy, pushed into a job that was obvious to any sentient being would be too much for him. My righteous anger is for the big money pooh bahs like Dick Cheney who would gamble with this country's future by choosing a brand name in an empty suit for president. They proved that they can sell anything, I'll give them that. But as with their other colossal marketing success and business failure, Enron, the sales job couldn't cover the corruption and poor planning forever. Therefore, I blame the Republican Party more than little Junior. He's just a pathetic loser who believed his own hype --- responsible for his actions, of course, but not the mastermind. (Emphasis added.)
Amen to that. It is the Republican Party's leadership that has steered this country toward catastrophe. It is they who must be made to suffer the political consequences. Where can we strike the Republicans the hardest so as to do the maximum damage to them?
In the Senate:
Republican seats are potentially (if not yet) vulnerable in the following states: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Arizona, and Nevada. If we win six of those eight while defending our seats, we control the Senate--and the confirmation process.
In the House, Republicans in Blue states are particularly vulnerable. We can flush significant numbers of Republicans from states like Connecticut, New York, California, and Illinois. And with the Democrats having a HUGE lead in the generic House polls, A LOT OF REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS ARE IN PLAY.
In the states, we will grab New York's governorship. We have an excellent chance to get rid of Schwarzenegger in California. We can win the governorship in Ohio against dangerous right wing fanatic/criminal/vote stealer/lunatic Ken Blackwell. And there are many others we can take.
The Republicans must be punished. The election must be NATIONALIZED as a referendum on Bush and Cheney in particular and the Republican Party in general. Our message must be simple and powerful:
The Mess in Iraq
Corruption in Washington
Trying to destroy Social Security
The Medicare Fiasco
The Schiavo farce
Deficits out of control
HAD ENOUGH? VOTE DEMOCRATIC.