Took off during this beautiful fall afternoon to vote early. I found my polling place (the conservative epicenter of the universe) bustling, busy, and with a line. The line was not as long as the one I remember from '04, but it was substantial.
In Texas, our governor is up for reelection. But he is apparently coasting to victory. There are two independent candidates (one buffoon named Kinky ... no, that's not Jim Webb) and a hapless Democrat who is trying to crack 20% in the polls. Our Republican congressman doesn't have an opponent. There are very few reasons to vote. But still, there was a line today. And at the end of the lunch hour, the people were still coming.
My interpretation of the lines I saw in '04 led me to be upbeat about Pres. Bush's chances. And what I saw today likewise gave me confidence in the Republicans' chances in '06.
This was a good week for Republicans. It started with the Demos' ill-fated attempt to use Michael J. Fox (was he over- or under-medicated?) to demagogue on the issue of stem cell research. This effort is apparently not only falling flat; it is also backfiring. Jim Talent is pulling ahead in Missouri. Michael Steele, who is perhaps running the best candidacy in the country, is unloading on Ben Cardin with a terrific ad featuring Steele's sister, a doctor who has MS.
Rush did an excellent job this week in exposing the demagoguery of the Michael J. Fox ads. He performed a great service, and in the process took a number of MSM arrows. But like the charging elephant that he is, he stampeded on.
As Rush noted, all Fox did was lie about Talent and Steele. Does this matter? And there is evidence that Fox did so while not taking his medication. By the end of the week, Fox was backpedaling and the ads had disappeared. Hmmm.
The episode reminded me of the importance of calling the emperor naked. It seems the emperor's press corps don't appreciate it, but others are watching and listening.
Embryonic stem cell research is a tough issue for a number of people. But there is no evidence whatsoever that embryonic stem cell research has any promise at all.
And the foregoing reminds us that the Demos can't tell what they really believe, show who they really are, say what they will really do ... and win.
And because of that, they likely won't.