Is it the Foley scandal?
Somehow I doubt it. I don’t think the Lewinsky thing did any damage to the Democratic party, and that was a lying coverup, too. It’s a media blip that will be old news by November 7th.
Is it Iraq?
One could certainly argue that the Republicans (God’s People) are fighting the wrong enemy. And you’d be right. Iraq had about as much to do with 9/11 as Al Gore had to do with inventing the Internet. You might be able to make some loose inferences, but there’s just no real connection. No pun intended.
To this day, I have no clear understanding of why we’re in Iraq. I don’t think anyone on either side is telling the truth or being unbiased, so it’s up to us as citizens to try and filter through the crap and figure out what’s real and what isn’t.
Republicans have stated the following reasons for Iraq (not necessarily in this order, nor all at the same time): Weapons of mass destruction, Saddam is a dictator, oil interests, importance of stabalizing the region, rescuing an oppressed people, creating a democracy.
Democrats have stated the following reasons for Iraq: Weapons of mass destruction, Bush is finishing his dad’s war, Bush is a knucklehead, oil interests, Bush is a lying scumbag.
As you can see, the only time all of them agreed was at the beginning, when both parties believed the CIA reports that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons, which in fact, they did have, because Saddam had already used them to kill tens of thousands of Kurds. Incidentally, you know why Saddam was so unhappy? He had Kurds in his way.
Alright, but seriously folks.
To me, Iraq isn’t actually the reasons the Republicans are faltering. Iraq is certainly a symptom, but it’s not the cause.
Republicans have been more into appeasement and compromise in the past 6 years than ever before. We can’t be tough on illegal immigration, because we don’t want to tick off the left. We can’t cut social programs because we can’t tick off the left. We can’t oppose anything that the left opposes, because it might make the left unhappy.
Now, I always thought the way it was supposed to work when one party held a majority in the house and senate, and also had the President, was that the power party was supposed to crush the other party and forward their constituent’s agendas.
Frankly, the Republican party no longer represents their constituents. Myself included. I expect that any day the Republican party is going to start supporting abortion, gay marriage, and social welfare. It’s the next logical step. Clearly, we can’t tick off the left OR the moderates.
From now on, I’m voting for whoever the NRA tells me to. It will probably be mostly Republicans, at least at first. I’ll need my guns when the right and the left finally become one big honkin’ liberal party.