Wednesday, October 18, 2006

1994 all over again, in reverse

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Are Democrats poised for victory in November? A new NBC/WSJ poll says yes -- well, maybe. The Dems are in pretty good shape -- or, rather, the Republicans are in truly terrible shape. Indeed, "the Republican Party is on more unstable ground than Democrats were in 1994". And you know what happened back then. History may be about to be repeated.

Unless Republicans, as seems ever more likely with each passing political disaster, succeed in terrifying voters with the specter of imminent terrorism. Even that might not be enough to stave off defeat, given their massive and well-deserved unpopularity, but, running on empty, terrifying votes is what they'll try to do. As Creature put it just now, the fear is about to begin.

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