|JAMES CARVILLE: “Kerry botched a joke, they botched a war.”|
Kerry was trashing the incompetent commander in chief. Nothing new.
This is for the whole election. Even Chris Matthews gets it. He knows who Kerry
was talking about. No one should be surprised Kerry is attacking Bush and the
Republicans. As for why Kerry's attacking Bush, it's obvious. As if we haven't heard enough verbal gaffes from Bush.
“I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only
ones supporting me.” –George W. Bush, talking to key Republicans
about Iraq, as quoted by Bob Woodward
He will not withdraw from Iraq, no matter how many soldiers are dying.
“I like to tell people when the final history is written on
Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point
is, there's a strong will for democracy.” –George W. Bush, interview
with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Sept. 24, 2006
Since when are our troops a “comma”?
“You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect
Iraq to the war on terror.” –George W. Bush, interview with
CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006
That says it all. Bush needs to connect Iraq and the war on terror, because
nobody thinks it's connected. In fact, there weren't any terrorists in Iraq
until Bush preemptively invaded that country.
“The United States of America is engaged in a war against an extremist
group of folks.” –George W. Bush, McLean, Va., Aug. 15, 2006
“I was not pleased that Hamas has refused to announce its desire to
destroy Israel.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 4, 2006
“I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for
Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense.” –George W. Bush,
Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006
Republicans don't want to talk about Iraq, so they're using Kerry's statement
They don't want to talk about reality.
With the election just eight days away, there are no signs that this wave
is abating. Barring a dramatic event, we are looking at the prospect of GOP
losses in the House of at least 20 to 35 seats, possibly more, and at least
four in the Senate, with five or six most likely.
If independents vote in fairly low numbers, as is customary in midterm elections,
losses in the House will be on the lower end of that range. But if they turn
out at a higher than normal level, their strong preference for Democrats in
most races would likely push the GOP House losses to or above the upper levels.
The dynamics we are seeing this year are eerily similar to those in 1994.
The President and party are different, so are the issues, but the dynamics