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News & Views, 11/3/04


Hey, kids, WELCOME TO CAMPAIGN 2008!

What’s up with Joe Scarborough and Andrea Mitchell over at MSNBC? Their body language is unmistakable and the friction between these two is palpable. She clearly disdains the young punk conservative and he clearly harbors no respect for the political opinions of this Grand Dame of the “old” media. Break out the dueling pistols. OK, on to the important stuff…

Bush won...but there was NO mandate for any agenda other than to keep killing bad guys. This was NOT a decisive victory. It was a skin-of-your-teeth victory. Which, frankly, surprised me. The country’s at war, yet the economy is humming along just fine, thank you very much. Plus Kerry is a bigger liberal than either Mike Dukakis or Walter Mondale. How in the world was this thing so close?

Well, at least the President received a majority of the popular vote. That should help shut up people like Al Gore and Michael Moore. Yeah, right.

Ralph who?

Biggest loser: Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Who’s the “saddened, saddened” now, Tommy? Good riddance.

Picking over Daschle’s carcass, conventional wisdom says Nevada Sen. Harry Reid will move up from the #2 spot to the Top Dog seat. But don’t be surprised to see Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut give him a run for his money.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said this morning that the Daschle loss, combined with increasing the GOP majority in the Senate to 53-55 seats, means the obstruction of judicial nominees is over. It should be. Democrats *might* still try to block votes on nominees using the Daschle-inspired, unconstitutional filibuster, but if they do, Frist BETTER “go nuclear.”

There could well be a new problem in this department, though. With his re-election, Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, is slotted to take over the Judiciary Committee. Recall that it was Specter who cut off conservative judicial nominee Robert Bork’s legs. Specter could well become a huge pain-in-the-butt for conservative judicial nominations.

Biggest loser runner-up: Alan Keyes. He didn’t just lose. He was crushed by Barak Obama...whose wife gave a victory celebration introduction of her husband which seemed to last longer than the length of the campaign itself.

All the pundit talk about “rising stars” has centered on Obama for the Democrats. Not getting anywhere near the attention in this category is Bobby Jindahl, an Indian-American, who handily won a Louisiana House seat. This kid is SHARP. And a conservative. Keep your eye on this guy. Sen. Mary Landrieu better had.

That elusive youth vote that Howard Dean, Puff Daddy and the liberal talking heads said was going to turn this thing for Kerry...again failed to materialize. Vote or die, huh? Not.

Sen. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican, should have won re-election going away. He almost went away. Talk about dodging a bullet.

Rep. Martin Frost, a particularly distasteful Texas Democrat, was defeated by House Majority Leader Tom “The Hammer” DeLay. OK, Frost’s opponent was actually Rep. Pete Sessions, but it was the redrawn district at DeLay’s behest which ultimately took Frost out. Hasta la vista, baby.

The Hammer’s redistricting map also took out Democrat incumbent Reps. Charlie Stenholm, Max Sandlin and Nick Lampson. No wonder Democrats hate DeLay.

A conservative lion sleeps tonight. Rep. Phil Crane, Illinois Republican, bit the dust after a long, LONG career...which included a run for the presidency back in 1980.

Going into the election, Democrats had targeted Rep. Max Burns, Georgia Republican, as the most vulnerable GOP incumbent. Their optimism wasn’t without merit. Max Burns eats worms this morning.

Rep. Dennis Moore, Kansas Democrat, was the top targeted Democrat incumbent due to the fact that he represents a very GOP-friendly district. But a contentious primary fight between social conservatives and economic conservatives for the Republican nomination appears to have once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Republicans sure didn’t blow this opportunity to once again blow this opportunity.

Hollywood actor George “Looney” Clooney’s Democrat dad got his clock cleaned in his Kentucky House race.

Rep. David Dreier, California Republican, who was under political assault by a pair of talk-radio hosts over the illegal immigration issue, held on and won handily in his solid GOP district. Now if he’ll just drop his anti-First Amendment FEC complaint against John & Ken...

Because of some late-breaking stories about a college sex incident, many folks were predicting that incumbent Rep. David Wu, Oregon Democrat, was toast...especially in light of the quality of his opponent, Iranian-American Goli Ameri. It didn’t pan out that way. Wu won re-election with almost 60 percent of the vote. Power of incumbency...or pure left-wingerism?

Despite having a big-government Republican on the ballot, the Libertarian Party candidate, Michael Badnarik, turned in a PATHETIC showing. It appears Ralph Nader, who was on nowhere near as many ballots, still out-pulled Badnarik.

If the LP couldn’t make electoral gains in THIS election, they may as well start drinking the Kool-Aid. An absolute, complete, total embarrassment. If they were a horse somebody would have to shoot them in the head in order to put them out of their misery.

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