I guess I should commence with an apology. Despite the title – which has become a crutch for me – these articles are primarily catch up articles. Many of the topics dealt with below deserve a full article if not more and others will simply fall on the cutting room floor. Without further ado, let’s begin.
Spin has been a part of politics for as long as I can remember. Today we have gone way beyond it and I fear it imperils our democracy.
Like most American political junkies, I’m currently obsessed with the upcoming mid-term elections. One of the things I find the most frustrating is that despite following them pretty closely I can’t call many of the Senate and Governor races. There are four major factors at play that make the results less than clear and I’d like to explore them with you today.
It may be a bit like counting the chickens before they hatch, but at this point I still assume the Democrats will retain control of the Senate. A lot can change between now and Election Day but there is one thing I am certain of: if the Republicans should happen to gain control of the upper chamber (and I won’t rule that out completely) it won’t be by a 51-49 margin; or not for long anyway.
“We back the blue.” You constantly hear Republicans say that. Just how true is it? I’ll attempt to answer that below.