Media pundits have just about given this year's election to the
Democrats — at least in the House of Representatives and perhaps in the Senate
as well. They might even be right, for a change.
Some are saying that this could be like the 1994 midterm election
shocker when the Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives for
the first time in 40 years. If so, the Democrats will win by following the exact
opposite strategy from that which brought the Congressional Republicans to power
The Republican strategy, crafted by Newt Gingrich, was to spell out
their stands on key issues and to promise to bring those issues to a vote in
Congress. They called their agenda "The Contract with America."
It is now clear to all that this year's Democrats are deliberately
avoiding spelling out any coherent policy program of their own.
Their strategy is to second-guess, denigrate and undermine
Republicans instead of offering an agenda of their own. Rather than having a
contract with America, they are seeking a blank check from America. Moreover,
they may get it.
...But elections are not about which politicians get to keep their
jobs, though the media cover the news as if the political horse race is the
issue. Elections are about the fate of 300 million Americans and the future of
That fate hangs grimly in the balance as two irresponsible regimes
in North Korea and Iran seek to gain nuclear weapons. Neither leader of these
regimes can be deterred by threats of nuclear retaliation, as the Soviet Union
...Even today, Democrats are arguing for more talks with North
Korea and Iran, as if talk is going to stop such regimes from going nuclear, any
more than talks with Hitler in the 1930s deterred him.
This is no longer about hawks and doves. It is about ostriches who
bury their heads in the sand — and about those voters who are prepared to give a
blank check to ostriches.
Not if we get out the vote. Please read his excellent series about "Frivolous Politics." Here are the links:
10/10/06: Frivolous politics
10/11/06: Frivolous politics, Part II
10/12/06: Frivolous politics, Part III
10/13/06: Frivolous politics, Part IV