If politics were fair, Democrats would be in as much trouble as Republicans. And they’d be just as vulnerable. They’ve been obstructionist, anti-tax-cut, soft on terrorism, and generally obnoxious. On top of that, Pelosi is the most unpopular national politician in America. But in the sixth year of the Bush presidency, with a GOP-run Congress, Democrats aren’t the issue. Republicans are.
This explains why efforts by Bush and Republicans to target Democrats have been so unsuccessful. A veteran Republican consultant says lavish spending on TV commercials in races he’s involved in has largely failed to either boost the poll numbers of his Republican candidates or drive down those of Democrats. Worse, in blue states, the Democratic crossover vote on which Republican candidates often rely has dried up. Democrats have gone home in droves.
Barnes is right, the GOP’s momentum in September is gone, the victim of the Foley scandal and the weight of their own past mistakes. There are only three weeks left in this campaign, and with the GOP playing defense on all fronts, the chances of the irresponsible, defeatist, and dangerous Democrats taking power are far too great for comfort. The Republicans have failed to hold themselves to the import of the moment, and not only will they pay a political price, but the country will pay as well.
We cannot afford to have the party of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Kerry, and John Murtha in power. Not when we face a crucial point in what is clearly a war that will define the course of our civilization for years to come. The result of such fecklessness is already observable: look at weakened Europe and see what the result of socialism and cultural nihilism has wrought. The Democrats would push the same set of failed policies, and the results could be even worse.
Our economic growth would be destroyed by Democratic tax increases which would erase the gains made since the end of the 2000-2003 recession. Our gains in the war on terrorism would be wiped out when the Democrats demand that we hand victory to al-Qaeda. Our efforts to stop terrorism at home will be set back years when the Democrats suspend the PATRIOT Act and once again tie the hands of intelligence and law enforcement in prosecuting terrorism.
These are serious times, and were the Democrats a responsible party that stood for a stronger America, a change in parties would be nothing more than a temporal political loss. But the Democrats are not such a party. Their ideology is dangerous to this country at this point in history, and their win would be this country’s loss.
The Republicans have done much to deserve the electoral spanking they’re heading towards. Their “leadership” has been weak, they’ve made costly and critical mistakes, and they’ve failed to elucidate the stakes in this election in a meaningful way. However, when it comes to punishing the country by putting in the most feckless, arrogant, and mindless political party in recent American history into power, the stakes are simply too high.
It’s common for societies that have been battered by war and conflict to chose a “safer” alternative — the voters of Britain rejected the lion of Churchill for the timidity of Atlee. However, our war isn’t over, not by a long shot, and while we imagine ourselves safe, while we imagine that the totalitarianism of radical Islam isn’t a threat, the reality is otherwise. The signals we send now will effect the way the rest of this century proceeds, and if we sent the signal that we’re tired of fighting for our values, we shall surely lose them.