I have listened with fascination and outright astonishment over the past few weeks to Republican naysayers – right, middle, and left – scream about the evils of concentrating power by electing sufficient numbers to give one party – the Democrats – control of the two bodies of Congress and the presidency as well.
As the election gets closer, and it becomes more obvious that Obama has taken a commanding lead, the desperate shrieks, moans, and cries of McCain, Palin, and company have grown even louder. Republican candidates who are now in trouble have turned to commercials alleging the dangers of “one-party” control.
Elizabeth Dole, now in danger of losing her once-thought-to-be-secure senate seat, has released a commercial arguing that electing Kay Hagan will bring the Democrats ever closer to that bogeyman of checks and balances – the one-party control. Yep, they have now decided that one-party control is “evil.”
But what they conveniently forget to mention is that for several years, from 2002 through 2006, the Republicans controlled all three entities. Funny now that the shoe may slip to the other foot, the Republicans are playing Chicken Little, whipping their constituencies into a frenzy about the dire consequences of one-party control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency.
Year – Congress – President – Senate (R) – House (R)
2005 — 109th —- Bush —-R-55—–R-232
2003 — 108th —- Bush —-R-51—–R-229
The above numbers show Republican control of the Senate and House from the November elections of 2002 through the elections of 2006.
A more extensive table can be found at this site.
True to form, McCain and Palin – without any plans for the economy – are now exhorting their crowds to take up the cry of the “one-party” control mantra in attempts to instill overriding fear in the American voter.
So, now that the tables are close to being turned, the hypocritical Republicans shriek about the evils of one-party control. Is there any topic that McPalin won’t exploit? Especially since neither Republican candidate has anything of worth to say?
Their backs against the wall, the Republicans are now trashing the one-party control bogeyman that they so handsomely exploited for years.
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