Thursday, September 21, 2006

October Surprise?

Word bouncing around the right wing of the blogosphere is that Karl Rove has an “October Surprise” in the works.

To quote George W. Bush, bring it on.

While no one ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American voting public, the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have gone to the surprise well once too often. Barring Martial Law and suspension of the 06 elections, they have pretty well shot their political wad.

What are they going to do? Declare war on Iran? The prospect of another unpopular, unilateral and arbitrary war will stampede voters to the Democratic side of the ballot.

Let Rove summon all the terrorist bogeymen he wants. At long last, Americans seem to be reaching the point where they’re sick and tired of being told to be afraid. They know that this is the home of the brave. If (God forbid) another terrorist attack were to occur within the United States itself, people are not going to cower and cave in. They’re going to react like the people in Israel react. They’re going to be pissed off at the government in power – the government of George W. Bush.

The Republicans have hundreds of millions of dollars squirreled away in PACs and campaigns and campaign committees up and down the ballot. They will do everything they can and whatever it takes to retain control of the House and Senate. They will swift boat and slime every Democrat on the ballot.

Expect October to be unsurprising. Expect a withering, thirty-one day, crapstorm of negative and personal and polarizing advertising. Expect push-polling. Expect screaming pundits on cable television 24-7.

Their goal for October is to make the entire election process so off-putting that you won’t vote in November.

Independent, Republican or Democrat, don’t let them do that to you.

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