Were Bush and Rove "The Producers" of an intentional flop?
While it's tempting to think of the Bush/Rove brain hatching this diabolical plot to lure the Dems into sharing the blame for inevitable failure in Iraq, I suspect it's a bit too much for even the Evil Genius to pull off. There is much more oversight on the voting process this year. Note that exit polls very closely matched the results this time. Ohio and Florida were quiet; the squeekers were Montana and Virginia.
No, I think there's something else at work here, something involving longer term strategy, perhaps something that has yet to be revealed.
It will be interesting to tot up the profiles of those new Dems voted into office this year, see where their handlers and funders come from, note their connections to major lobbying groups and all the sordid machinations of political power. Dems are largely Repubs in Donkey sweaters these days, so the Big Change might not be all that much after all.
On the other hand, or hoof, it certainly seems possible that the inroads on environmental legislation engineered by the Bushies can be reversed and, the laws strengthened. Perhaps the US can climb aboard the Kyoto Protocols, finally, and become a world leader in reversing greenhouse gas emissions. While global warming can't be stopped, it's impact can be reduced somewhat if we get serious right away.
Meanwhile, there's two more years of the Bush Security State to deal with, two more years of possible imposition of Martial Law and "rapidly expanding programs," for which large prison camps have been constructed. We cannot afford to let down our guard, to ask the awkaward questions, to question authority at eery turn.
Is this a conspiracy theory? Do they really sit in board rooms and plan all this stuff?
Yes, they do.
Vigilance, eternal vigilance.