A Mississippi Massacre Portends a Cold November
Posted by Ryan on May 14, 2008
First Dennis Hastert’s seat in Illinois, then two seats in the Deep South over the past two weeks. Three House seats historically and reliably Republican have fallen to conservative Dems (Blue Dogs) who have no business winning seats in these historically Republican districts.
Yet, the Dems are winning them. Mississippi Republican Greg Davis lost to Democrat Travis Childers 54-46% in a special election for a district considered reliably Republican. Eight points is a lot to lose by in this case. One election can be a fluke, but three in just the last few weeks and months portends a tough slog this November.
And with McCain keeping many conservatives lethargic, who will be passionate enough with a solid agenda to lead the Republicans to victory in the Fall? Is Congressional victory even possible?
Where’s Newt when you need to storm the castle? That’s right, he’s been warning of this for a while now, being lowered to lecturing the milquetoast John Boehner on how to design a winning campaign! The Blue Dogs were supposed to be a one-term phenomenon, but could signal a campaign strategy to trailblaze a Congressional mandate in an (shudder) Obama Administration.