Thursday, November 09, 2006


One of America's saner pundits notes some of the anomalies you're not reading about as the MSM frothes and thrashes about in its untrammelled ecstasy of bias and spin:
... according to the media, this week's election results are a mandate for pulling out of Iraq (except in Connecticut where pro-war Joe Lieberman walloped anti-war "Ned the Red" Lamont).

In fact, if the Democrats' pathetic gains in a sixth-year election are a statement about the war in Iraq, Americans must love the war! As Roll Call put it back when Clinton was president: "Simply put, the party controlling the White House nearly always loses House seats in midterm elections" — especially in the sixth year.

In Franklin D. Roosevelt's sixth year in 1938, Democrats lost 71 seats in the House and six in the Senate.

In Dwight Eisenhower's sixth year in 1958, Republicans lost 47 House seats, 13 in the Senate.

In John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson's sixth year, Democrats lost 47 seats in the House and three in the Senate.

In Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford's sixth year in office in 1974, Republicans lost 43 House seats and three Senate seats.

Even America's greatest president, Ronald Reagan, lost five House seats and eight Senate seats in his sixth year in office.

But in the middle of what the media tell us is a massively unpopular war, the Democrats picked up about 30 House seats and five to six Senate seats in a sixth-year election, with lots of seats still too close to call. Only for half-brights with absolutely no concept of yesterday is this a "tsunami" — as MSNBC calls it — rather than the death throes of a dying party.

During eight years of Clinton — the man Democrats tell us was the greatest campaigner ever, a political genius, a heartthrob, Elvis! — Republicans picked up a total of 49 House seats and nine Senate seats in two midterm elections. Also, when Clinton won the presidency in 1992, his party actually lost 10 seats in the House — only the second time in the 20th century that a party won the White House but lost seats in the House.

The dying dead-tree barons of bombastic BS will natter on about the magnitude of the Dem victory. And the cable news pilot fish will follow their Pravda on the Hudson Grey Lady Shark [although MSNBC closed a very bad election-night third to FOX-News and CNN due to Chris Mathews being KO'd by an obnoxious sidekick]. And it gave me personal pleasure last night to see a hot-flash hussie from rail about Rush Limbaugh and Drudgereport and how unfair it was that nobody listens to or websites lefty news dumpsters.

Hilariously, the consensus now is that the Dems better behave themselves or, like John Kerry, they might foolishly Freudian-slip their chances in '08 down the toilet, as the French-fop fool from Teddyland did to his own the last week of the campaign.

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