Monday, October 02, 2006


So you know why the Republicans lost

I think the Republican party is doing its best to get creamed in congressional elections. I know this is really bad news for some people who would likely vote Republican.

The bill's chief Senate sponsor was conservative Republican Jon Kyl, who, like Leach, has said he believed Internet gambling was a moral threat. He has called online betting as the Internet version of crack cocaine.

"Gambling can be highly addictive, especially when its done over an unregulated environment such as the Internet" he said this year.

"If Congress had not acted, gamblers would soon be able to place bets not just from home computers, but from their cell phones while they drive home from work or their Blackberries as they wait in line at the movies," Leach said.

The US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board will jointly develop implementing rules for the new law, while financial institutions have nine months to incorporate its provision.

Leach cited research which showed that young people who tend to spend hours of leisure time on the Internet, are particularly vulnerable.

As for me, if I wanted to be governed by the nanny party I would vote for Rahm Emanuel. I would like to think that I pioneered strategic voting in 1992 so I am more than a little happy that some Republicans are voicing discontent with the direction that congressional Republicans have taken.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.

The Tennessee Republican said he had learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated by military means…

Sen. Mel Martinez, a Republican from Florida accompanying Frist, said negotiating with the Taliban was not “out of the question” but that fighters who refused to join the political process would have to be defeated.

“A political solution is how it’s all going to be solved,” he said.

I mean really, how stupid are these guys? Well stupid enough to alienate parts of their constituencies in the run up to the election. Men are overwhelmingly Republican and they are overwhlemingly, I would guess, gambling online. So hey, let's wag our fingers in their faces and tell them what they can't do...unless they are willing to drive to a casino or go to a gas station. No gambling unless the odds are astronomically not in your favor.

So as momentum shifts back to the Democrats at this late stage you would think that Bill Frist would not be suggesting a political compromise with the Taliban. That's the way to emphasize Republican strength on national security. Pinhead.

The person I feel the worst for is Tony Snow. He is going to have a rough couple of years with all the hearings.


Lest we forget, the WSJ reminds us that the real problem is arrogance. Republicans have caught incumbent fever. They think that their reelection is an end unto itself.

Even amid all of this scandal, many Republicans still refuse to acknowledge any problem. Appropriators continue to resist major budget reform, and the same Republicans who gave a Democratic President the line-item veto in the 1990s refused to give a weaker version to a GOP President this year. No wonder so many loyal Republican voters have been telling pollsters they're not sure if they'll vote this year. With his party down in the polls, Mr. Bush has tried to recast the midterm election as a referendum on the war on terror. This strategy may yet save Republicans from losing Congress, both because the war is the most important issue of our time and because the Democrats are calling for retreat in Iraq and essentially for a return to the antiterror policies of the 1990s. But it is no credit to the performance of Republicans in this Congress that their best argument for re-election is the wartime flaws of their opponents.


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