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Friday, August 25, 2006 - 12:30am

75 Days Until the Mid-Term Elections

As much as Republicans are screwing things up, right now it looks like they may hang on to control of Congress.  If the elections were held today, it looks like the Democrats would pick up 4 or 5 seats in the Senate and pick up seats in the House, but not enough to take control of either.  Jim Talent (R) has regained the lead in Missouri, Harold Ford Jr. (D) is losing in Tennessee, and George Allen's lead is sliding, but he is still ahead.

 

Meanwhile, President Bush's approval rating has climbed back over 40%.  This is unbelievable.  People have such short memories.  I guess making up a story about terrorists trying to bomb airplanes will tend to shore up your support.  Yeah, it turns out that the story in the U.K. about terrorists blowing up ten planes coming into the United States was completely exaggerated.  Four of the people arrested have already been released and half of them haven't even been charged with anything.  Apparently, the U.S. government (a.k.a. Bush) pushed the U.K. government (a.k.a. Blair) to arrest these guys to make the U.S. look like they're winning the war on terror.

 

The Democrats really better get their act together if they expect to win anything in November.  Bush is somehow getting more popular and that will result in more support for Republican candidates.  In a generic poll of who the people prefer running Congress, the Democrats have held a double digit lead for months, but have seen that lead shrink to 9% and now to just 2%.

 

Most of this bump for the GOP is from how they handled this trumped-up terror plot.  So really all they have to do is come up with some cock and bull story about imminent terrorist attacks a week before the election and the public will rally behind the President.  A week after the election, we'll find out that the whole story was overblown and/or fabricated.  By then, it won't matter, because the crooks and liars will have maintained control of our government yet again.

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