This exceptional opinion column in today’s New York Times is well worth reading and should serve as a reminder that the leadership demonstrated by President Obama and the accomplishments of the Democratically-controlled Congress in the past two difficult years has been, in many ways, exceptional.Â Consider for a moment thet state of our nation if we had President McCain and Vice President Palin overseeing the economy and carrying on the same economic programs that nearly borugh the nation to the brink of insolvency.
I do expect the Republicans to gain seats this midterm election; the party out of power traditionally does.Â And there were a number of seats Democrats won where they had no business winning in the first place.Â But a Republican tsunami…I don’t see it.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have never flipped separately; Republicans only have a one in four chance to take back the Senate and that was before the Tea Party candidates won in Delaware and Alaska.Â I thinkj the realy battle this election is the battle for the soul of the GOP itself.Â Should the Republicans take back the House and the Democrats hold on to the Senate, we’re in for an interesting time indeed.
From the Times column:
“Democrats have not focused enough time and energy on the economy and job creation, the two subjects that respondents in the Times/CBS News poll identified as the most important issues facing the country. But, even so, when asked whom they think would do a better job of handling economic issues like the recession, creating jobs and helping the middle class and small businesses, people favored Democrats over Republicans.”