In a post from last week, the Buzzz wonders if Republicans aren't throwing this election away for alterior motives:
The Republicans are floundering and that makes me suspicious. They don't flounder. They've spent the last 6 years showing us what expert politicians they are and how lousy the Democrats are at winning elections. I would almost venture to say that they are throwing the game.As long as we need Northerners to elect Democrats, we'll have to deal with this sort of cynicism from us Southern Liberals. (As an aside, anybody seen the polls for the Lamont - Lieberman race? I swear, I don't know why I try sports prognostication...) I'd be a liar if I hadn't thought the same thing every once in a while.
But I know that ain't the case.
The sad (or happy, depending on your political leaning) thing about this election is that Democrats are going to waste what is a historic opportunity - a politically perfect storm - to enact some serious political change in this country. America can't stand this Congress. It has been one of the worst in our history. But the Democrats have failed to move blame onto the GOP for owning this Congress, because there are plenty of Democrats who are a part of this Congress who are part of the problem. On the other hand, the same behaviors that disgusted America with Democratic Congresses over the course of the 40 years preceeding 1994 have been acquired by the GOP Congress in less than 12 years (there was a honeymoon period until 1998). Now, the GOP can be seen as the kids who cried wolf to get elected, and then acted (for the most part) just like the other guys.
So enter the Democrats, who decide they can take advantage of this climate, and then, instead of going with a real deep reform platform, they choose to toy with the "the GOP are as bad as us, so its ok to vote Democratic again" line. Least, that's what it seems to me except in a few contests nationwide.
So, instead of winning a possible 100 seats and picking up a supermajority, and really changing the political atmosphere of the nation, Dems are still worried about picking up just enough seats to control some committees.
In football terms, it feels like we're playing really hard for a tie, where a little more effort might get us a huge win. Republicans aren't throwing this election cycle, the Democrats appear poised to back their way into control of the House.