2 days left

The Republican’ts have come out today in force- the 72 Hour Plan is in full swing. Be prepared to hear the following spin to motivate their base to get out and vote on Tuesday:

  • R: Saddam’s conviction and sentencing means we’re winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis, not to mention the Global War on Terror. D: Saddam isn’t the perpetrator of 9/11, never was never will be. Bush’s war on Iraq has made the world more dangerous, not to mention the Middle East highly unstable. This is why the leaders of Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are meeting regularly to discuss strategies to stabilize the region and get the US out on their terms, not ours.
  • R: The tide of generals against Rumsfeld is just smoke and mirrors from media giant Gannett. Pay no mind to the nearly unprecedented editorial appearing in all four military newspapers tomorrow. Everyone really thinks Rummy and Cheney are doing a great job, and those who say they aren’t are unpatriotic. D: Rumsfeld has been on the ropes since late 2002, and when the D’s take back the House (at least) on Tuesday, both Cheney and Rumsfeld will be held accountable for the billions of taxpayer dollars they personally wasted in huge non-competitive contracts to the likes of Halliburton and KBR. Cheney has said more than once he could care less what the public thinks of him and the administration- let’s see how much he cares from behind the walls of a federal prison.
  • R: The D’s are counting on voter fraud to win this election- we’re already lawyered-up in every key district, and will drown them in recounts and endless debate about “the real winner”. D: The R’s are counting on voter fraud to win this election- we’re already lawyered-up in every key district, and will drown them in recounts. We won’t go down without a fight again.

Of course, this is just a small sample of the spin machine we’ll see in action over the next 72 hours. Don’t expect this election cycle to be truly settled until after Thanksgiving in some areas. There will be lots of finger-pointing and sour grapes to be had until the New Year.

On another note, my dear Husband has a wretched cold, and is suffering through another weekend of college coursework. He hates it, I hate it, but we both know it’s a necessity to get ahead these days. He should be finished with his degree in about a year, and he’s really a hero for sticking with it, despite all our whining to the contrary.

My youngest daughter, age 12, is getting over said cold, and has finally cleaned her room this weekend, after much drama, procrastination and avoidance. I really just wanted to be able to see the floor and get that weird smell out of there. Now she wants to go to Borders to buy a couple of books as her reward.

My oldest daughter, age 14, actually came home on time this AM from a sleepover at a friend’s house. She’s doing her laundry and plans to clean her room as well- oddly cooperative today. I’ll take what I can get… maybe I can get her to come with me to Target later, since DH can’t come along to help.

It hasn’t been a great weekend- went too fast, didn’t sleep well. I kept waking up last night thinking about the election- mainly about the MT Senate race between Burns and Tester. I hope the good people of MT kick Burns out on his creepy, corrupt behind. The fact that Bush is up there today is proof the GOP is scared about that race, and well they should be.

I’m less concerned about our own Governor’s race here in OR- Ted has a good lead on Saxton, but that’s no reason to rest on our laurels. I want the Ds to take back the statehouse, and especially evict Karen Minnis from the Speakership. She’s been in the pocket of the GOP and polluters for so long now, I bet the voters of East Multnomah County can’t even remember why they elected her in the first place. What has she done for us lately? Not a damn thing…

I’m thinking about staying home on Tuesday to watch the returns come in, if I can swing it… anyone else doing the same?


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