That is quite simply bullshit. Not a single poll showed that the issue had any salience. Wishful thinking on your part about this issue won't change anything, nor will your sad invoking of the dual loyalty slur. It's so nice to be amongst "progressives" here.
Also, do you really spend sleepless nights worrying about how Dennis Kucinich responds to weblogs or about conservative (ie anyone slightly to the right of you) infiltrators. Your hierarchy of concerns is nothing less than bizarre.
I rather think our freeper friends will be amused at your guarded praise of Arafat, who most would regard as a pathetic failure, regardless of what he's gulled the Palestinians into thinking. Shame on you for mau-mauing Tim over this.
FRANK BOOTH WINS ELECTION IN PARALLEL UNIVERSE
Sweeping the electoral map, Frank Booth handily beat Dubya amidst a very very reduced electorate.
Pundits didn't know what to make of Booth's pledge to make "blue velvet" and cocaine available to every red-blooded American male, but agreed that the man with the oxygen mask spoke to the common man with his libertarian and Bacchanalian ideals.
"He's really quite masculine!" gushed Chris Matthews. "Look how he treats women!"
"He's a self-made businessman. It's not our business what he does in his spare time. Lord knows I've done worse," said Bill O'Reilly.
Not all were pleased. "Frank's a very disturbed man," declared Lumberton resident Jeffrey Beaumont.
Expect a "well-dressed man" to show up for the inauguration.
The semantic point is easy to make, but harder to back. The fact that the caucus held together as well as it did has everything to do with his leadership. Believe it or not we still have moderate and conservative Dems in the Senate and leadership requires a bit more than spouting pieties.
Daschle killed the Contract with America quietly and effectively. Don't you ever forget that.
We won 19 states. Assuming we shun the red states, as this implicitly suggested, we cap the size of our Senate delegation at 38.
OK, you say, I'm OK with electing them, just not allowing them in positions of leadership. That's the road to having more Zell Millers, or just having them as one-termers.
Daschle was a great leader because he could keep the caucus together - keep Paul Wellstone and John Breaux on the same page. That really is leadership. I'm sorry he wasn't enough of an ideologue for some people here, but coming from a red state gave him a certain perspective that I find sorely lacking on these boards.
Go ahead, take Howard Dean, whose attempt at outreach to the South involved invoking hillbilly stereotypes. What a great idea!
Tom Daschle made the Contract with America a dead letter, engineered the Jeffords defection and enraged the White House to no end with his opposition to judicial nominees. He paid a real price for his party leadership yesterday. Try not to piss on him the morning after!