better off more liberal than four years ago…?
: Tom Watson (the American, not the blogging MP) says it’s a myth that America has moved to the right under the forceful wind of Republican conservatism:
We can argue symbols, of course. (The phony marriage amendment comes to mind). And we should argue about policy. (Iraq). But answer these litmus test questions. Is the Federal government more powerful than it was five, 10, 20, 50 years ago? Does it collect more and spend more? Does it regulate much less? Have reproductive rights been rolled back? Do we spend less on education than we ever have in the past? Are we really more culturally conservative?
: On Meet the Press yesterday, Tim Russert pulled out his tiny white board and started making electoral projections again. This time, he painted a picture of a tie:
MR. RUSSERT: …so well, 2000 Election Night, the final count, Tom Brokaw, was 271 for George Bush, 267. Because of the changing population demographics, if George Bush wins the same states now, this year, as he won in 2000, it would be 278-260, all right? But let me show you something, Tom. If, in fact, New Hampshire and West Virginia switched to Kerry, New Hampshire being his neighbor, West Virginia having voted… Democrat three of the last four times, it would be 269-269, dead even in the Electoral College. The election would go to the House of Representatives…
Imagine that: Bush’s first election was, uh, well, aided by the Supreme Court. And the second would be decided by the House of Representatives. It would be what the Constitution dictates. Nonetheless, what a sticky wicket that would be. Not that it would influence the direction of a second Bush term. He started off his first term acting like a had a mandate, though he didn’t; 9/11 did far more to center him than the loss of the popular vote. Yes, the white board fun begins already….
: Fimoculous, the unique blogger, is back.