There's been much anticipatory celebrating about the seemingly apparent end of the Republican controlled Congress. Personally, I don't care what the polls say; it ain't over till the fat lady sings.
Some pundits have been asking why Rove and company are still talking as if they're going to hold on to both houses of Congress. I'll tell you why, and it has nothing to do with conspiracies or pre-programmed votes hiding in Diebold machines. It's simple, lazy, human nature.
Sure, we all say we want to throw the bums out. We always say that to pollsters, it's nothing new to this year or this election. But once we enter the voting booth, most of us still stick with "our guy." What we meant when we talked to the pollsters was, "throw all the other bums out.
So, next Tuesday, when you go to cast your ballot, I don't care if you vote for a Democrat. Just don't vote for a Republican. Consider really throwing the bums out. Vote Green, vote Libertarian, vote Reform, vote Democrat if you have to, just don't vote for more of the same.
And, yes, it's going to be more of the same with Republicans in control. Just because the administration is backing away from the phrase "stay the course" doesn't mean that their policies or goals have changed any toward the war in Iraq. There's no plan on the table to end our involvement, only more abstract goals without penalties for the Iraqi's to meet. More of the same. Staying the course.
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Tags: mid-term election, Congress, Iraq, stay the course, Republicans, Rove