WP: “Republicans See Long-Term Victory in Defeat on Stimulus Plan”

According to the Washington Post, the Repubs are angling towards a long-term, more strategic game in Congress.  Really, as far as that goes, all you need to see is the title.  But if you read further into the article, it becomes interesting.  I’ve managed to confirm my suspicions- the Republicans see this as 1993, and all they have to do, in their minds, is be obstructionist and stick to Rush’s mantras.  And I may have said this before, but I don’t think that will work.

It’s almost as if the Republicans learned nothing when they got their asses handed to them in November.  They seem to think that the only reason people didn’t vote for them was because of El Jorge.  So they think that Democrats and people who voted for them in November will just take a nap now that El Jorge is back in Texas.  There’s a name for this.  It’s called wishful thinking.  As the article points out, the Republicans have lost ground almost everywhere except for the South, and the Democrats have the highest number of self-designated party IDs in over 25 years.  I don’t see this being 1993, because history does not really repeat itself.  The fact that the moderate Republican wing has been decimated in Congress means that most of the people left are the “Southern nut” wing.

Furthermore, I’m skeptical of this attitude that “we can get out of this hole by digging more”, when I see numbers like this (H/T Wonkette).  Given that many people obviously disapprove of the Republican handling of the stimpak, how can they possibly say, “W00t, we’re winning!”?  As Lewis Black once said, “I wonder, what kind of a drug could make one so delusional?”

Of course, those numbers are numbers for right now, and say nothing of how the Republicans will be perceived in the coming months.  As the article notes, it likely depends on how well the stimpak goes.  Well, we’ll see.  I just don’t think any of the backpatting among Repub leaders is the least bit justified.  Maybe I’m wrong, but again, we’ll see.

Too Much Bad Stuff (UPDATED)

As I’m writing, I’m watching the 24 movie, and in a commercial break just before, I saw an two interesting commercial(s).  One by the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee), basically accusing Jim Martin of enabling child prostitution and drug dealers who hang out near schools.  And then I saw a Jim Martin commercial accusing Saxby of not caring about the middle class (kind of the thing jim’s been hammering since the economic troubles started) and not knowing what a recession is.  Just one more thing to make me love this runoff.  I can’t wait ’till December 3rd.  If you’re not in Georgia, you are damn lucky.

UPDATE: I found a quite excellent item on FactCheck.Org (if you don’t read them…why don’t you?) about the NRSC ad, and another ad from a different conservative group.  Both equally false.  No word yet on the Martin ad.

Ted Stevens is Dead, Long Live Ted Stevens

Well, he’s not actually dead.  He’s still breathing (though given that he’s 84, that might not hold true too much longer), but his political career has been officially pronounced dead today.  And all without the need for an expensive recount.  The AP has called the Alaska Senate race for Mark Begich, the mayor of Anchorage.  Mayor Begich now becomes the first Democratic Senator from Alaska since Mike “Zen-boy” Gravel.  Let’s hope Begich’s ads make more sense.  Incidentally, Begich’s election makes this him the only Senator without a college degree, as well as the first Mayor of Anchorage to become a U.S. Senator.  Congratulations to Senator-elect Begich, and please try to represent Alaska well in the Senate.

Meanwhile, back down here in the good ol’ South, the battle between incumbent Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss is very intense.  According to a reliable source (my mom), both candidates are putting lots of ads out there.  She said that during Jeopardy, there have consistently been at least one ad from each candidate.  Saxby, who is in the fight of his political career thus far, is pulling every rabbit out of his hat possible.  A cavalcade of prominent GOPers will be arriving here in Georgia to stump for Saxby: Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin (maybe), and John McCain.  Boy, those folks sure have records for winning big recently.  On the other side of the aisle, Bill Clinton will be in Atlanta later, uh, today, I guess.  (I’m up late!)  Also, recently freed up Obama aides and volunteers are moving in with a vengance, and the AFL-CIO is sending mailers to its members asking them to pretty please, toss out Saxby.  This appears to be where everyone is taking out their remaining aggression from the campaign.  And on behalf of the people of the state of Georgia, I’d just like to say that we really appreciate it, y’all.  Have a good Georgia day, folks.