Elections 2006: The Security Issue Trumps Everything? Or is This Cake Baked?

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.


This piece from today’s New York Daily News on the midterm elections has an unusually high quotient of great quotes, showcasing Republican anxieties and bluster in roughly equal measure. A sampling.

  • “‘The security issue trumps everything,’ a senior Bush official said last week. ‘That’s why even though they’re really mad at us, in the end they’re going to give us another two years.'”
  • “‘We’ll lose the House,’ one of the party’s most prominent officials flatly predicted, ‘and the President will be dead in the water for two years.'”
  • “This cake is baked,” predicted Charlie Cook, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter. “You just don’t have a wave of this magnitude and not see 15 seats turn over.”
  • Americans have “decided the personal characteristics that kept him afloat for a long time aren’t that appealing anymore,” an influential Bushie told the Daily News. “They also think Iraq is a failure.”
  • “We enjoy a severalfold strategic advantage on the ground,” said a confident top Bush strategist. “A well-executed mediocre plan will beat a poorly executed brilliant plan every day.”

Now, admittedly, what I’ve called bluster might be quiet confidence that Democrats will find a way to squander their advantage. But that just goes to show that where the House is concerned it’s the Democrats’ election to lose.

THE BIG PICTURE

You expect the big picture, and it's our job at Mother Jones to give it to you. And right now, so many of the troubles we face are the making not of a virus, but of the quest for profit, political or economic (and not just from the man in the White House who could have offered leadership and comfort but instead gave us bleach).

In "News Is Just Like Waste Management," we unpack what the coronavirus crisis has meant for journalism, including Mother Jones’, and how we can rise to the challenge. If you're able to, this is a critical moment to support our nonprofit journalism with a donation: We've scoured our budget and made the cuts we can without impairing our mission, and we hope to raise $400,000 from our community of online readers to help keep our big reporting projects going because this extraordinary pandemic-plus-election year is no time to pull back.

THE BIG PICTURE

You expect the big picture, and it's our job at Mother Jones to give it to you. And right now, so many of the troubles we face are the making not of a virus, but of the quest for profit, political or economic (and not just from the man in the White House who could have offered leadership and comfort but instead gave us bleach).

In "News Is Just Like Waste Management," we unpack what the coronavirus crisis has meant for journalism, including Mother Jones’, and how we can rise to the challenge. If you're able to, this is a critical moment to support our nonprofit journalism with a donation: We've scoured our budget and made the cuts we can without impairing our mission, and we hope to raise $400,000 from our community of online readers to help keep our big reporting projects going because this extraordinary pandemic-plus-election year is no time to pull back.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.