A number of respected independent analysts, including Stuart Rothenberg and Charles Cook, have predicted that Democrats could gain 35 seats or more in the House and 5 to 7 seats in the Senate. This has prompted numerous people to ask me when the Democrat wave began. I suggest that it started when the Philadelphia Zoo announced that they were closing its elephant exhibit and shipping their three elephants to other locations without any protest from Republicans. When the independents and fence sitters noticed this, the wave began.
Seriously. When did the wave start building? Was it Kelso? Katrina? Iraq? Or sex scandals?
Incumbents in State of Denial are claiming they will not only retain control of Congress, they will increase their numbers. The Republicans are actually claiming they are winning because they are in a purple state. No one has explained what is causing this condition.
Do you remember the Republican Contract with America? It contained, inter alia, these two paragraphs:
“This year's election offers the chance, after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.”
“Like Lincoln, our first Republican president, we intend to act ‘with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.’ To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.”
This tidal wave is the self inflicted curse imposed by the party of family values and no budget deficits. Gingrich and DeLay had said if The Party breaks the Covenant they made with the people, there will be a tsunami of historic proportions and all the redistricting arks they have built will not be enough to save them. The Prophets have repeatedly warned them that if they did not turn from their evil ways, they will experience expulsion from their man-made temples and premature unemployment because they have breached their Covenant with America.
One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. -- Thomas B. Reed (1886). Today voters do not believe that legislation will make democracy safer! At most people hope the government does them no harm.
The wave started building when people one by one realized that the government does do them harm and that hope is not enough. People vote with their feet and on Election Day they will be walking to the polls no matter what the weather is because they have finally realized that one person can make a difference. Be bold and speak the truth to the power. Let them know they breached their contract with you.
Your vote does make a difference. Vote early on Tuesday to avoid the stampede.
Gospel of Luke