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Elections, selections, and projections

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On Sunday, October 31, 2010, the front page of the New York Times presented its readers with a graphic, on the top of page 1 indicating that there were 19 Senate races in the mid-term elections which would determine the makeup of the Senate from now until the Presidential Election in 2012.

Isn't it odd that so many American political pundits use horse race metaphors for stories about the elections but don't mention the coincidence that America's Election Day coincides with Australia's version of Kentucky Derby Day because the annual Melbourne Cup race is held on the first Tuesday in November?

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Frank Rich, on page 8 of the Week in Review Section in that same edition of the New York Times, wrote: "One dirty little secret of the 2010 election is that it won't be a political tragedy for Democrats if a Tea Party icon like Sharon Angle or Joe Miller ends up in the United States Senate."

In the past one assessment of Republican strategy asserted that they like to take two steps forward and one step back and achieve a slow but continuous movement towards their goals. Later in the first sentence of the fifth paragraph: "Karl Rove outed the Republican elites' contempt for Tea Partiers in the campaign's final stretch." Rich casually adds that the Rove's remark was made "when speaking to the European press."

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Wasn't denouncing one of your own an old Geheim Stast Politzi (AKA Gestapo) trick?

If the Republican steering committee (Rove himself?) has become impatient with the pace of slow but inexorable progress, is it not possible that they might, in an effort to speed things up, be crafty enough to go to a tactic of letting the Tea Party advocate three steps forward, denounce that as moving too fast, and (reluctantly?) settling for a compromise of two and a half steps forward rather than the three advocated by the Tea Party?

Surely the Democrats, who are leaking the aforementioned "dirty little secret," have in their younger days, received their grandmother's admonition to: "Be careful what you wish for." (Grandmothers are permitted to end a sentence with a preposition.)

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Have many/any of the nationally recognized political pundits offered their audience the idea that perhaps all the instances of home foreclosures could be looked at from the Republican point of view and be called extreme voter suppression?

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)

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