So says Ankle-Biting Pundits anyway.
Personally, I have a feeling that the Abrahamoff scandal will be a bipartisan affair – Abrahamoff was perfectly willing to use corrupt Democrats as well as Republicans. Those involved in the scandal are going to have a lot of explaining to do, and as well they should. (The Weekly Standard has a tale right out of The Sopranos involving Abrahmoff’s Indian casino lobbying.) Were the Democrats not terminally clueless and utterly out of step with mainstream America, those warnings about 2006 being a repeat of 2004 might hold some water. Unfortanately for the Democrats, and the country, we don’t have a sensible opposition party in this country at the moment.
I’m still predicting that the GOP will lose ground in 2006, and it’s hard to argue that they shouldn’t. The GOP’s fiscal irresponsibility and loss of perspective have been deeply distressing to conservatives. Many conservatives, myself included, would rather see a diminished Republican majority than see a Republican Party that has lost its moorings in small government and fiscal rectitude. Unless the GOP gets truly serious about returning to Main Street rather than K Street values, the only thing they have going for them is the fact that the Democrats are orders of magnitude worse – and that isn’t anything to crow about.