Donkey Digest, as heard on S2DRadio! Yep. I was on a net radio show last night. Thanks to host Shaun Daily, a former Clinton/Gore 96 National Steering Committee member, for having me.
Howard Fineman believes if Democrats can’t win in November, they’re doomed to become modern day Whigs. Though his doomsday scenario for the party makes for some compelling reading, I believe his conclusion is greatly exaggerated. Remember, the Republicans wandered in the political desert for decades at various times. From 1930 to 1968, they held the presidency for only eight years. And their Congessional tenures from 1930 to 1994 are equally, if not more, limited.
When Barry Goldwater failed to win the presidency for the GOP in 1964, many people wrote the Republican party off, too. But his campaign sparked a geographic power shift toward the South and Southwest for Republicans, which greatly aided President Ronald Reagan’s ’80 and ’84 victories.
So the view that Democrats will go the way of the Whig should they fail to win the House or Senate in November is, in my opinion, overstated.
But the Fineman piece does again remind us of one truth in American politics. It takes a sex scandal to really get the electoral tongues wagging.
An Iraq war that has cost us nearly half trillion dollars—and the good will of the world—might not have done it. Runaway federal spending that allowed the national debt to reach $8.5 trillion might not have done it. George Bush’s low approval ratings, the lack of comprehensive immigration reform, the historical pattern of an anti-incumbent “six-year itch” in presidencies, the cascade of stories about administration ineptitude and dissembling and congressional financial and lobbying corruption—none of these issues seemed destined to end the Republicans’ 12 year reign in Congress.
Then came the Foley Scandal…
Ah yes, the Foley scandal. Ready for four weeks of “All Foley all the time?” Not to downplay the political importance of it nor the seriousness of the crime, but I can guarantee you your going to hear this story from all angles then from those some angles again. Former Clinton strategist Paul Begala is stating what many Democrats have already thought: The myth of Republican moral superiority is shattered:
GOP Congressional Campaign Chair Tom Reynolds (R-Soon-to-be-Minority) learned that Foley had been sending inappropriate emails to an underage boy who had been a page in the spring of this year. He did not call the cops. Did not call the FBI. Did not even call the toothless hounds at the House Ethics Committee. But he did take $100,000 from Foley for the NRCC, a contribution the New York Daily News called “unusually large.” Think about that. Reynolds knew Foley was having some sort of inappropriate contact with a child, but he took $100,000 from him.
As Henry Kissinger (R-War Criminal) once said, “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” Like his colleagues in the GOP elite, Reynolds is so enamored with power, so seduced by the money that buys power, so enthralled with the Republicans’ one-party rule that he turned a blind eye to a red flag every dad in America would have noticed.
The Capitol needs a change. Hell, it needs to be fumigated. And as the stench and filth of GOP sleaze slowly oozes away, let us never forget that these slimeballs, these dirtbags, these moral midgets think they’re better than you and me.
Dick Morris believes this is the nail in the GOP coffin.
Josephine Hearn says Democrats should grab some popcorn and watch the Republican meltdown.