Thursday, May 15, 2008

US Democrats Score Hat Trick

With the recent Travis Childers' win in Mississippi, Democrats have won three US congressional seats in a row, seats that were considered safe and reliable for Republicans. Childers' victory came one week after Rep. Don Cazayoux won a House seat in the Baton Rouge, La., area that had been in Republican hands for three decades. Over the winter, Rep. Bill Foster won an election in Illinois to succeed former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who had been in Congress more than 20 years.

There is a rising tide of discontent against the Republican party in the United States after President George W. Bush's seven years of disastrous rule. In spite of vicious attacks against Childers and Cazayoux by linking them to Obama and his former pastor, the Republicans were unable to hold on to these seats. The smear tactics by Republicans against the Democrats have backfired.

With the 2006 take-over of US Congress by the Democrats and continuing wins recently,
Republican Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia wrote the leadership in a bluntly worded memo that "The political atmosphere ... is the worst since Watergate and far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost 30 seats."

Contrary to the noises from the Republican spin doctors and their media friends, all the indications are that the Democratic nominee for the President is likely to win by a landslide this year in November. Barring any major terrorist attacks on US soil, the only thing that can hurt Democrats is their continuing in-fighting with the Democratic primaries becoming more nasty.

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