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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Rick and Frodo
Add this latest gem to Rick Santorum's greatest hits.
Santorum defends Iraq war
Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” .....
“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.
“It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”
“You have to really question the judgment of a U.S. senator who compares the war in Iraq to a fantasy book,” said Casey spokesman Larry Smar. “This is just like when he said Kim Jong II isn't a threat because he just wants to "watch NBA basketball.' ”
In other news from Middle Earth it seems $20 million of TV ads and a steel cage match that was billed as a debate hasn't helped.
Pennsylvania Senate: Santorum Trailing by 13
With just a few weeks to go until November 7, Senator Rick Santorum's chances of securing reelection fade a bit more every day. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll finds that challenger Bob Casey, Jr. has a thirteen point advantage, 54% to 41%. That’s the same margin we saw in our last survey.
When leaners are added, Casey leads by twelve, 55% to 43%. Leaners are those who don’t initially commit to voting for either candidate but express a preference when asked a follow-up question.
The race remains in the "Democrat" column in our Senate Balance of Power summary.
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I would urge Democrats to err on the side of caution regarding the Senate and Congressional races. From His Holiness' view, Republicans have always fared better in organizing their base to get out and vote whilst Democrats have usually come up short. Let us be clear--if the Democrats do win control, it will not be because they had a clear concise message from the leadership (when was the last time you saw Nancy Pelosi on the news?)--it will be victory by default. The Donkey needs to harness his message over the coming months and years in order to gain a true majority in congress. Otherwise, the majority that "may" come this November will be a short lived one. And let us not underestimate the religious right--understand that they do not truly care about the Foley issue; they DO care about the "life" issue and as a professor of mine once remarked, "the pro life forces would just as soon have a despot in power so long as he was pro life". I predict that the Christian right will again be faithful and turn out to the polls. This election and congressional control is still up in the air. Bless you.
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