Bush’s and Rove’s confidence that GOP will win next month leads the left to cooking up conspiracy theories, and a call to “take to the streets”

I was waiting for this to happen.

When I read this article from the Washington Times two days ago, where Karl Rove expressed confidence that we were going to retain the House and Senate, and this one from last Sunday where the Washington Post reported that both Bush and Rove were “upbeat” about next month’s elections, I said to myself “how long will it be before someone on the left cooks up a conspiracy theory that all this confidence means that Rove and Bush have either 1) engineered an October surprise and/or 2) gotten Diebold to ‘assure’ us that we will ‘win’ the elections next month?”

It didn’t take long. Via Lyn Davis Lear at the HuffPo (emphasis added):

All week I’ve been reading in disparate sources from Drudge to US News and World Report about Bush, Rove and Cheney being overly confident about the midterm elections. Even Republican strategists are increasingly concerned because the White House doesn’t have a plan if they lose. This lack of planning shouldn’t surprise anyone, but if you really think about it a creepy, crawly feeling grows in your gut.

Here are some questions: Are these guys simply narcissistic idiots Rove-ing around in some never-never land bubble or do they know something we don’t? Have they planned a grab bag nose punch of an October/November surprise? Or have Diebold, ES&S, and local state secretaries assured them that they will do “whatever it takes” to get a Republican Congress elected again? Or are they just planning to outspend us? Karl Rove recently told the Washington Times, “For most Americans, particularly the marginal voters who are going to determine the outcome of the election, it started a couple of weeks ago… Between now and the election we will spend $100 million in target House and Senate races in the next 21 days”. That is $30 million a week in 15 or 16 key races. Knowing this group, the answers must lie in a clever blitzkrieg [Note: Clever insertion of a Nazi reference, eh? It never fails. –ST] combo of all of the above.

When I asked Gore Vidal at dinner why the White House seemed so serene and at ease about the vote, he replied that, this time around, the Bush-Cheney henchmen could simply call on martial law. He glumly noted that we are so far down the road toward totalitarianism that, even if Democrats do win back the Congress, it would take at least two generations before the last six years of damage to the nation could be reversed. Gore frankly despaired that any amount of time could ever return the country to where and what it previously was. This prediction left me reaching for some Fernet Branca.

And her conversation with Gore Vidal has got me reaching for a gag bag. Continuing:

But whether it is hubris, loony tunes, or both, the White House’s freakish calm about the elections makes me as nervous as the hell we seem to be headed for. Therefore we should all be on alert. If for whatever reason we don’t win back Congress in November the only real answer will be to take to the streets.

Got that? It’s the same ol’ same ol’ we’ve come to expect from that far left, with the added threat of “taking to the streets” this time around if they lose. The comments section there at the moment is five pages long and counting, with a lot of ‘amens’ being thrown around amongst the choir.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, demonstrates the sheer denial of reality regarding the left more than their reactions to the last three elections they’ve lost: they were “stolen,” “rigged,” etc – can’t possibly be because Democrats have been rejected on the basis of their ideas (or lack thereof), can’t possibly be because a majority of the American people actually embraced Republican ideas, bbbbecause Americans couldn’t possibly be that stupid, could they? What the left can’t or won’t explain though, is that they haven’t just been losing elections since Bush was ELECTED President, they’ve been losing big since 1994 – but during the 1994, 96, and 98 elections we didn’t hear this massive outcry of election rigging – apparently Democrats losing elections in the 90s had nothing to do with Republicans officials acting nefariously throughout the country – and of course had nothing to do with a rejection of Democratic ideas, oh no – but once Bush came along the left finally found someone they could pin their losses on. For the party of “thinkers”, Democrats aren’t big on self-introspection – it’s always someone else’s fault.

My head hurts!One of the laughable things about the charge of Bush ‘stealing elections’ is that on one hand, the majority of the left looks at Bush as a clueless wonder, and have done so from day one. To them, he’s inept in everything he does – yet somehow “Dumbya” knows how to mastermind ‘stealing elections’! They’ve never been able to explain how on one hand he’s the world’s biggest idiot, yet on the other hand has managed to orchestrate election fraud on a widespread scale. Probably because this, like so many of their other inconsistencies, is something they can’t explain.

The “taking to the streets” angle in response is something new, though, and unlike the charge of ‘stealing elections’, it’s not laughable. The far left’s inability to accept defeat and being out of power during the Bush years via the democratic process hasn’t boiled over to massive waves of violence – yet. We may find out next month whether or not it will. Democratic websites like the HuffPo are already laying the groundwork – just in case.

Also blogging about this: Dan Riehl, Mark Noonan at B4B, Tom Elia, Blue Crab Boulevard

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Poll news and notes – BIG news in the Maryland Senate race

Election 2006

SurveyUSA has Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele now tied with Ben Cardin. Cardin has been running at least 6 points ahead or more in most polls taken in the last couple of months, but perhaps we’re now seeing the fallout from House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s recent comments to a group of black businessmen that Steele had a “slavish” devotion to the Republican party?

Update I: The WaPo endorsed Cardin today. (Hat tip: K-Lo)


Embattled House Rep and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Tom Reynolds (R-NY) has something to smile about today, as the latest SurveyUSA poll has him up 3 points over his demagoguing challenger Jack Davis. This has to be welcomed news for Reynolds, considering the last SurveyUSA poll taken just as Foleygate was heating up – with Reynolds taking some significant heat for his alleged ‘role’ in an alleged ‘coverup’ – had him 5 points behind Davis. Reynolds has also polled as much as 16 points behind Davis in the last couple of weeks.

Even with the news of this poll that shows him ahead, as RCP points out Reynolds is fighting for his political life in New York’s 26th Congressional district. This was once considered a safe seat, but since Foleygate broke, and with polling numbers showing Reynolds behind as much as 16 points, and now up by a small 3, Reynolds is going to be giving it all he’s got from now to election day to prove to voters of his district that he should still be the one representing them in Washington, DC.


Montana Senator Conrad Burns, who had been behind Democratic challenger John Tester by as much as 11 points, is now only down by 3 according to the latest Rasmussen poll dated 10/18.


Joe Lieberman has taken an even more comfortable 17 point poll lead over Nutroots candidate Ned Lamont. Ian asks “where are all nutroots now?” and notes the desperation being shown by fervent Lamont supporter and far left blogger Jane Hamsher, of the Lieberman blackface Photoshop infamy.


Have we lost the Santorum seat? Rasmussen has Democrat Bob Casey leading the PA Senator by 13 points. Casey has consistently polled well in PA.


Make sure to check out John Hawkins’ interview with Bob Corker. Corker is the Republican who hopes Tennessee voters elect him over Rep. Harold Ford for Bill Frist’s Senate seat. That race, by the way, is in a dead heat.


Here’s an illustrated guide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who could be Speaker Pelosi if Republicans lose next month. More via Don Surber, who speculates on the possibility of a Pelosi presidency. Yikes.


Update II: New Jersey’s Thomas Kean and Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Menendez are still battling it out for control of Menendez’s Senate seat. While most polls have shown Menendez ahead by a few points, that could change of New Jersey Jewish voters find out how Menendez tried to, as Kean puts it, “hoodwink” them at a recent campaign stop.


Update III: Virginia Senator George Allen is still polling slightly ahead of challenger Jim Webb, but I wonder if Allen will pull ahead a little more in the polls once voters find out about Webb’s Bill Clinton flip flop. Read about it here.


Update IV: Scott at Election Projection: “The Outcome is in Our Hands


Update V: Betsy Newmark looks at what House Democrats have proposed in the last year or are proposing in Congress.


Hat tip for some of these links: Hugh Hewitt, who is showing his usual and contagious optimism today towards Republican prospects for hanging on to the House and Senate this year.

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra suspends Democratic staff member over possible leak of classified info to the NYT

Via the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood (news, bio, voting record), R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Sept. 23 story about its conclusions.

The staffer received the National Intelligence Estimate on global terror trends on Sept. 21.

“I have no credible information to say any classified information was leaked from the committee’s minority staff, but the implications of such would be dramatic,” LaHood wrote Hoekstra, R-Mich., late last month. “This may, in fact, be only coincidence, and simply ‘look bad.’ But coincidence, in this town, is rare.”

A spokesman to Hoekstra, Jamal Ware, confirmed that a committee staff member was suspended this week. He said the staff member is being denied access to classified information pending the outcome of a review.

“Chairman Hoekstra considers security highly important, and the coincidence certainly merits a review,” he said.

I eagerly await the results of the review. Now, if it’s found that this Dem staffer was the person who leaked selected portions of the NIE to the NYT, I look for Congressional Democrats and MSM editorial pages to decry the “witchhunt”, condemning the administration for “striking at the heart of democracy by trying to silence whistleblowers” etc etc … all of which will be done in an attempt to try and shirk responbility for actions they’ve taken a part in which have given aid and comfort to the enemy, and helped further influence the American people that the Iraq war is the “wrong war.” Leakers of classified information, and their willing accomplices in the press remind me of little children who, when they get their hands caught in the cookie jar, look at their parents with a wide eyed but unrepentant look as if to say “but that’s what kids DO.”

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, by the way, is the same guy who pushed for and got the release of some of the post-war intelligence documents found in Afghanistan and Iraq. These documents have helped further our understanding of the enemy, of Saddam’s intentions towards the west as well as his WMD capabilities. Hoekstra is also the guy who (along with Sen. Rick Santorum) not only announced that we had indeed found WMD in Iraq, but issued a public plea to the intelligence community to declassify more WMD-related documents found in Iraq after the war.

In a time when we’re all frustrated with Republicans to varying degrees, remember that Hoekstra’s one of the good apples. Thanks to Pete Hoekstra for being tenacious and on the ball when it comes to getting the information out that we need to know, and trying to keep the information that terrorists would like to know out of the hands of the MSM.

Hat tip: ST reader DS

Update I: Read more via Malkin, Captain Ed, Iowa Voice

Update II: Surprise, surprise. Democrats like Jane Harman are outraged. (Hat tip: Malkin, who flashes back to comments Harman made back in April on Fox News about the leaking of classified documents)

Update 10:02 PM: The Dem staffer has been identified (hat tip: ST reader Stoo in the comments)