Status of American Politics: November 2006 Archives

One Conservative Take

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Rep. Roy Blunt (R), speaking before a packed room of conservatives at the Heritage Foundation itemized a new agenda and opportunity for Republicans in light of the election results. Main focus: minimize federal government, obstruct programs like No Child Left Behind, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and other programs not focused on national security and foreign policy.

Ironically, Rep. Blunt, in contradiction to his minimalist approach, advocated for Republicans moving ahead with social engineering from the Republican Party that seeks to install moral values in America on issues like religious practice in schools, public squares, and further erosion of the separation of church and state doctrine.

Anti-Incumbent Voters Win

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After spending 10 hours glued to the TV watching the election results, it became obvious none of the politicians, or the pundits for that matter, understood what was taking place. The change in leadership in the House of Representatives, and likely the Senate, was a result of a growing anti-incumbent movement amongst voters, which decided to hold incumbents responsible for lack of results and solutions to America's growing list of problems.

By 2:15 AM this morning, the spin had already begun. James Carville (D) said this was not an anti-incumbent election, but an anti-Republican one. Halley Barbour (R) said this switching of parties was just part of the cycle, which voters go through every 12 to 16 years. Others said this was all about Iraq. But, they missed the central theme of yesterday's elections.

Don't Vote the Ad

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As the election day on Nov. 7 nears, 100's of millions of dollars are being poured into the most non-issue oriented, sleazy, and lying advertising ever in the history of American politics. What is remarkable is how the polls in a slew of races are closing their gaps as these despicable ads from all sides come pouring over our TV's, our radios, our Ipods, on billboards, and handouts.

This closing gap in the polls seems to indicate the ads are working to change people's minds. Think about that for a second. People's most important decision of the year is being changed by lies, sleaze, and Non-Issue advertising. That is a sad commentary on the American electorate.

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