Liberal Media Worried About November Election

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  1. red states rule

    red states rule Senior Member

    May 30, 2006
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    I suspect the Dem loving liberal media is no worried about the elections in November.

    With the terror plot uncovered in London, and possible terrorists with hundred of cell phones arrested in the US; the liberal MSM is starting to run interference for the Dems.

    In this article, Mr Schneider does not want the voters to think about how the Dems have no plan to fight terrorists.
    Can the GOP use the terrorism issue to win -- again?
    Suspected plot to blow up airliners puts issue front and center
    By Bill Schneider
    CNN Senior Political Analyst

    Manage Alerts | What Is This? WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Could there be political fallout in the United States from the terror arrests in Britain?

    Typically, when Americans become fearful their support for the president tends to go up. President Bush and the Republican Party used the security issue to their advantage in the previous two elections, when they portrayed Democrats as weak and vacillating. Republicans give every indication that they intend to run on the security issue again in 2006.

    Vice President Dick Cheney said on Wednesday that one thing he found disturbing about the defeat of Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary on Tuesday was that "our adversaries in this conflict, the al Qaeda types, clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people." (Cheney made the comments after he was briefed on the suspected terror plot, according to a senior administration official.)

    Republicans may use the issue against Democrats who voted against renewal of the Patriot Act this year. In the House of Representatives, 123 "no" votes were cast by Democrats running either for re-election or for another office. Three "no" votes were cast by Democratic senators seeking re-election -- Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

    Will the issue work for Republicans this year?

    In a CNN poll taken by the Opinion Research Corporation last week -- before the arrest of terror suspects in Britain -- terrorism topped the list of issues that voters said would be "extremely important" to their vote this year. (The poll involved interviews with 1,047 adult Americans on August 2-3, 2006. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent.) (Read the complete poll results -- PDF)

    But among voters concerned about terrorism, slightly more said they would vote for a Democrat (50 percent) rather than a Republican (45 percent) for Congress.

    Republicans still do better on terrorism than on any other issue except same-sex marriage, which is far less important to voters. But the Republican advantage on terrorism had vanished, at least before the news from Britain.

    Why did that happen? Here's a clue. As of last week, only 31 percent of Americans believed the United States and its allies were winning the war on terror. That is the lowest figure recorded since 9/11. The prevailing view (45 percent) is that neither side is winning.

    One reason is disillusionment with the war in Iraq. A majority of Americans polled recently by the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News believe terrorism has increased around the world because of the situation in Iraq (52 percent). Only 5 percent think the Iraq war has decreased the threat of terrorism, while 39 percent say it has made no difference.

    This week's primary results suggested a growing anti-incumbent mood in the country. Three incumbent members of Congress -- Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz of Michigan and Democrats Lieberman and Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia -- were defeated by candidates from their own parties, a rare phenomenon.

    But concern about terrorism threats could blunt that anti-incumbent mood and lead voters to place more value on experience. If news of the suspected plot had come out only a few days earlier, it might have helped Lieberman.

    And it still might, since he has filed to stay in the race as an independent candidate. His Democratic opponent, Ned Lamont, issued a statement saying the terror arrests in Britain show the need to fight "for our security in a rational, serious way rather than being bogged down in a war than is harmful to our security."

    For Democrats, all issues in this campaign come down to Iraq. For Republicans, they all come down to the war on terrorism.
  2. musicman

    musicman Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2004
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    Disingenuous, delusional, or both; pure "Democrat-itude" in either case. Reminds me of some of the liberal posters on this board - especially the new ones. They want wishing to make it so, so desperately, that they see Democrat glory behind every breeze.

    In the first place, it is insanity to read "growing anti-incumbent mood" into the defeats of Lieberman and McKinney. Apart from the obvious (they're DEMOCRATS), there's a perfectly logical explanation for each defeat. Lieberman was the victim of the antiwar looney (sorry - looniER) left wing of the Party's concerted effort to establish its pacifist bona-fides. Like THAT was necessary. McKinney had to go, because she had become an embarrasment to the Party. Think of THAT. For the MSM/DNC to try to pump sunshine up the base's collective skirt with this garbage is a measure of their desperation, and further proof that the truth is just not in them. They're either lying to us, or they're starting to believe their own bullshit. I don't know which is more pathetic.

    Second - and this is just conjecture on my part - I believe that the true wire-pullers in the Party have pretty much written '06 off. Oh, they'll be happy with any victories they can manage, but I believe their real machinations are geared toward '08. I've thought about it, and the idea of running as rabidly anti-war AT THIS TIME seemed politically suicidal to me. Will the same be true two years from now? Smart Dems are hedging their bets. A long, protracted war could work in the favor of the party that has established itself as anti-war. Why not let the screwball vanguard have its fun? Hillary can, of course, be whatever is politically expedient at a given moment (it is easy for her to pretend to be anything, since she is so clearly nothing - the mark of a true sociopath). Ask her where she stands on anything, and her answer will be the same as Bill's: "What do the POLLS say?"

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