alien & sedition.
Friday, June 22, 2007
  Plus Ca Change...

Soren Dayton notes that, given Congress's abysmal approval ratings, 2008 might not be so bad for Republicans in House races. Certainly the latest polls should serve as a wake-up call for Democratic Congressional leaders. And I agree with Dayton that we're in for an "anti-Washington" election. But the overall picture looks a little bit absurd:
In any case, look for candidates of all sorts to push anti-Washington agendas. That is why Mitt Romney says, "I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington." (Never mind that his campaign is stuffed to the gills with lobbyists. I know what they would do if they got their hands on Washington) And why Thompson says, "After eight years in Washington, I longed for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood."
Yet, on the issue fueling the greatest part of the public's disgust with Washington -- the Iraq war -- the GOP candidates are promising nothing but "Bush - Only Moreso."

And with the top of the ticket so invested in the status quo, how will Republican Congressional candidates manage to portray themselves as agents of change?

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