I have been paying close attention to our national elections since 1988 when I naturalized.
Like many other idiots I voted for Ross Perot in 1992 and thereby elected Bill Clinton, to my everlasting shame.
I watched, horrified, as we nominated Mr. Viagra, Bob Dole, as our candidate in 1996 and voted for him anyway. I was re-horrified when Mr. Viagra graduated to doing Pepsi commercials drooling over Brittany Spears. I guess some people will do anything for money.
In 2000 I happily cast my vote for W and was thrilled when the election was rightly decided in his favor. About the only thing more distasteful than having AlGore in the White House would be having to watch another Bob Dole commercial.
In the aftermath of the 2000 election it was instructive to listen to the libs whining about not winning and ascribing their loss to all manner of right-wing conspiracies; butterfly ballots (approved by a dem election commission in Palm Beach); voter suppression in black areas of Florida; SCOTUS rigging and on and on and on. Coincidently I recently heard that lib genius, Barbara Boxer, state in relation to Roe v Wade that "when the Supreme Court speaks it is as if God has spoken". I wonder why she was so critical of Bush v Gore?
In the run-up to the 2002 mid-term election the conventional wisdom was that dems would win everything up for grabs. Finally the right wing nutjobs hold on national power would be ended and the world would be a better place for it.
I went jogging on election night and listened with glee as the results poured in through my Walkman. All was right with the world. That big dummy W had done it again and Republicans had managed an historically unprecedented win.
In the run-up to the 2004 election the pundits were at it again. W would lose big to John Kerry and the dems would take back the House and Senate and the world would once again love America.
I wasn't able to go jogging that night but was able to listen to the radio and later, watch televised coverage. For the first time in living memory I watched CBS. I wanted to see Rather forced to call another W win. I hope you all saw his face as he realized that the inevitable was about to happen again. Of course, the official call wasn't made until the next day but he looked as though someone was giving him a rectal exam as I signed off about midnight knowing, as everyone else did, what the outcome would be.
Now its 2006. All the same pundits are saying all the same things. The jig is up for Republicans. I am saying that they are wrong, again.
We will win in 2006 the same way we won in 2004 and 2002; Republicans will turn out to vote in huge numbers and dems won't. The party of whiners and self-loathing will do what they always do; fill themselves with conspiracy theories, read the NYTimes for their self-justification and figure they don't have to go to the polls, everyone else will and everything will turn out just dandy for them.
There will come a time when the dems will be right and they will win. After all, even a broken watch is right twice a day, just not this day.