May 24, 2004
Hard Sell Monday
Every Monday we try to give you one good reason to help us out. Today’s reason is simple:
Recent polls indicate that problems in Iraq and continuing lack of confidence in the economy are not only hurting Bush but undercutting voters’ assessment of Republicans in Congress.
For Democrats, the challenge remains to translate that general discontent into specific victories. But the party’s chances of winning control of the Senate have significantly improved in recent months, because of both the unexpected strength of Democratic candidates in several Bush strongholds and retirements by GOP incumbents. And the bid by the Democrats to take over the House, though still a long shot, would gain momentum next week if they won an open seat in South Dakota — a surprisingly likely prospect in a heavily Republican state. That would be the Democrats’ second victory in a special House election this year.
Seriously, there is a week left before the South Dakota elections and it is time to ante up. If you can afford to throw us $25 or so, please do so, and hopefully we’ll be able to produce results within a week. If you are a bit short on cash, but live either in the DC or SD areas, sign up to volunteer in SD, and we’ll fly you out and pay for your food and housing for the weekend - all a rollicking good time we might add. We’ll leave you with the legendary Stu Rothenberg in today’s Roll Call:
The evidence is piling up: President Bush’s numbers are sliding; more Americans say the country is headed “off on the wrong track”; and voters are announcing in “generic ballot tests” that they intend to vote Democratic for Congress. It’s time to ponder whether we are witnessing the early stages of a Democratic wave that could overwhelm Congressional Republicans in November.
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