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.
From semi deep space comes "Republicans we have a problem"
"Say again GOP"
"We have a problem"
A conumdrum too.
The GOP's National Convention is schedule for Minneapolis, home of the national newest tragedy. That fallen bridge garnered over 600 comments on the Daily Kos immediatly after the event, many blaming the Republicans (who else,right).
The Daily Kos article Republicans Fault
is of course highly bias but the downed bridge will be in every shot during the GOP Convention...not good.
You're right --I monitor the news all day (have to, biz) and the theme emerged early on today. Sen Lautenberg, Gov Ed Rendel, others, did major interviews on "underspending on infrastructure" and in the senator's case, linked it directly to "Bush's War".
Of course, there is no way to figure the cost of not fighting "Bush's War", since we are fighting it.
I guess 911's two trillion casualty loss (not counting indirect opportunity costs from 'fear' and the 'terror premium' on economic activity) could be called a cost of not fighting the war --but someone will have to make the case.
I guess it's going to take AQ blowing up the Capitol Building before the Socialist Democrats realize we are in a real hot war with an intractible enemy whose entire phiosophical base is at odds with ours.
When they have to move the seat of government to the now being closed down Cheyenne Mountain Complex to continue operation I do believe the electorate will turn out Socialist Democrats in very large numbers in the very next election and the polling will show a high aspect of agreement on nuking Iran and Syria for starters.
I do not believe there has been the politicalization of a war of this importance ever, including the Civil War, and it is not the Republicans who are making it so.
i think AQ knows this and will spare us in the center, preferring instead to dry up the wealth-creating global trade system and defeat us "in detail" (the "coup de main" reaction to 911 may've taught them that Amis are too hard to handle if you overly stir them up).
Also, boots on the sand a short march from the lairs of the terror masters may be what has spared us another 911, so we'll find out as soon as the Dems evacuate the mideast.