Many states have passed laws to improve voter integrity, demanding a printed record of a persons vote. But the machines to ensure this process arent ready yet, and no one knows if they will be ready in time for Novembers midterms. In the meantime, there is a larger issue looming this year which could very well keep Republicans in power.
No, its not the Federal Marriage Act. Neither the Senate nor the House can muster enough votes to even bring these Bills to the floor. Its the gutless campaign rhetoric of Democrats running for open seats in both House and Senate.
Much like in 2004, Democratic candidates have shown themselves incapable of asserting a responsible position about anything. Theyre jumping all over President Bushs record, hoping that his low favorability ratings will be the major factor in getting them elected. And while Bush deserves to have his record of incompetence blared across the nations airwaves, Democrats have to do more in order to persuade people to jump on the bandwagon with them.
And while the 2004 election debacle deserves a well-funded investigation, we cannot continue to let Democratic candidates off the hook by continuously pointing fingers at Republicans and say they cheated when they win again. There must come a point where we understand that without an effective game plan and message to promote it, Democrats will be viewed as the weak sister of the political arena.
Its very easy to believe that Bushs and Congresses poll numbers is a sign that change is just around the corner. But dont fool yourselves. The Republicans have remained in power for twelve years despite very low opinion from the rank and file and theyll fight hard to remain in power. So along with strong, committed policies, Democratic candidates need to prepare themselves for the onslaught of Rove-style attack ads, swift-boating, grandstanding, outright viciousness that comes along with Republican politics these days. Instead of standing around looking shell-shocked when a Republican operative accuses a Democratic candidate of everything from supporting sodomy to committing war crimes in Iraq, candidates will have to sling the mud right back. Trying to remain above the fray will cost Democrats dearly. Shakespeare wrote All is fair in love and war. Well, Republicans have made campaigns a war.