We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our News Junkie made a good point the other day when he mentioned distraction as the Dem election strategery.
Like good attorneys, politicians can always find a case to make for themselves, regardless of its relevance - or honor, or honesty. That's their job, and that's why politicians are among the most despised professions in the US.
The problem, in a mid-term election like this, is that the nation is prosperous, the economy is great, everyone has a job, the bad guys are on the defensive and leaving us alone here, the old folks have their free medicines, the Dow is up, and all is rosy in America the Beautiful. The Iraq War has turned into little more than an aggressive policing, and they may build a fence to protect us from the Mexican invaders.
So clearly the Dems, with their allies in the MSM, have come up with the only logical strategy, or "theory," as we lawyers term it. This theory appears to be "Distract the moron voters:"
Don't talk about the economy - talk about Mark Foley. Don't talk about the Dow - talk about Obama (What's he ever done? You'd think no-one has ever seen a smart black guy before. Well, I have met plenty. Ever notice how the MSM applies the (racist, almost; condescending, definitely) term "articulate black politician" anytime a black guy speaks grammatical English?) Well, he loves Jesus, and God guides him, which is just great...in a Dem. Don't talk about illegal immigration - talk about Vietnam Iraq. It's a debacle illegalwarmorassdefeat whatever. Oh, and Rumsfeld is a moran. Don't talk about jobs - talk about corruption - woops, that knife cuts both ways... never mind. Well, how about embryonic stem cells? Yeah - let's try that. We care about sick people, unlike those evil, cruel, heartless Repubs who want to kill our women and children. Don't talk about Islamic terrorism - Bush seems to have stopped it in the US, for the moment. Talk about global coolingwarming weather whatever. Yeah, maybe Gore is onto something: Let's run against the weather! Well, but dang - the weather has been really nice lately. Don't talk about Iran - talk about WalMart (huh? everyone loves WalMart). Woops. What else we got?
All of the above seasoned with the usual and time-honored "Scare the blacks," "Scare the old folks", "We care," "Let the dead felons vote," "Scare the women who want abortions," "Saddam wasn't all that bad," "Time for a change," and "Promise the suckers more freebies."