Wednesday, May 14, 2008

From Bad to Worse for GOP

When you can't hold a seat in a conservative district in Mississippi, your prospects in the fall look more than bleak.
House Democrats won a conservative northern Mississippi House seat in a special election tonight, a victory certain to send shock waves through the ranks of congressional GOPers.

The Associated Press called the race for Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers (D), shortly after 10 p.m. eastern time. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Childers held a 51 to 49 percent edge over Southhaven Mayor Greg Davis (R).

The victory marked the third time this election cycle that Democrats have won a Republican-held seat in a special election and seemed to suggest that the national political atmosphere could significantly broaden the House playing field in the fall.
This is more than a trend. It's a disaster looming.

It would be nice if the GOP leaders, if you can call them that, were a bit more visible and got out there with an agenda that contrasted with what the Democrats plan to shove down our throats when they increase their majorities.

We have probably the weakest Senate Majority Leader in eons in Harry Reid and a pathetic House Speaker in Nancy Pelosi and despite their ineptitude, the Republicans are losing ground.

Sure, you can point to an unpopular president, sagging economy, etc., but what they need to do is be forthright with the voters and tell them what will do, not just slink and hide behind the curtains.

Otherwise, it is curtains.

By the way, I've been harping on this for a week now, but keeping Vito Fossella around is a sure way to lose another seat.

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