It looks like the dastardly Karl Rove has done it once again. Somehow he's conned the MSM into promoting the one thing that might actually have enough juice left to get Republicans to the polls en masse in 17 days ...
Bevan's talking about all the Speaker Pelosi stories. But he might also have been talking about all the press buzz about the Baker commission and the possibility of 'changing the course' in Iraq--which could convince at least some troubled Republican and independent voters that Bush will react effectively after the election. ... Maybe these are the sorts of stories that give Republicans their best shot at changing the election's momentum in the final weeks: Not stories that fly in the face of the MSM's all-hands-on-deck last-quarter Beat Bush tendency (e.g., not a Secure Fence Act signing, which the MSM will just bury) but stories that take the media's own obsessions and turn them to the GOPs' advantage, jujitsu style. In this case, the press' intense interest in a Democratic Congress led by a woman leads them to counterproductively play up Pelosi Fever, while the press interest in anything that shows Iraq going sour gives Bush an opening to suggest that he's on top of the situation.**
Thursd ay, October 19, 2006
Pack and the Hacks: Greg Packer, "theentire media's designated 'man on the street' for all articles ever written,"** is still in business and still fooling the MSM--this time the St. Louis Dispatch-- Patterico reports. ...
**-- Ann Coulter quote. 1:33 P.M.
Loy vs. Kos: I drive Bob Wright crazy here, during a discussion of Brendan Loy's jibe at the "feeble amount of traffic"DailyKos sent him. (Sorry, twenty-three hits just ain't a lot of hits, no matter how you cut it.) ... It's all part of the dramatic unveiling of the new Bloggingheads 1.9 design, featuring a richer homepage interactive user interface experience, and ... comments. ... P.S.: The comments are already proving useful. For example, "dougwamble" gives a plausible explanation for what Bob points out is Tim Russert's characteristic failing (a failing that drives my brother up the wall as well). 1:23 P.M.
McIntyre scrounges for Republican bounce-back tidbits, and finds a few. But some of it comes in the form of Zogby Interactive polling, which means its evidentiary weight approaches zero. (See this graph). 1:10 P.M.
Wednesd ay, October 18, 2006
Updated Majority Watch scoreboard: Dems lead outside the margin of error in 222 House races. They only need 218 for a majority. ... The bad news for Dems: Dick Morris says they'll win! I'd only start worrying if Lawrence O'Donnell says it too. ... 6:18 P.M.
Bush Picks Secret Signing Over Winning Midterm Election: According to the Washington Times, Bush wants to sign the Secure Fence Act--but in private, without the public ceremony Republican Congressmen say they need to help with their reelection campaigns. The Times spoke with a White House official: