ばか (brash) wrote in leftwingnews,
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Victory in South Dakota

Contrary to what conservatives might have you believe, the Democrats are starting to build up steam. And they've been in solid red states (red denotes Republican, for those who are not familiar with the lingo). Bush won in Kentucky by a margin of 17%, yet a Democrat won a House seat. Bush won Louisiana by a margin of 8%, and a Democrat won the Governorship. And now, in a state where Bush won by a whopping margin of 22%, a Democrat has won the state's lone House seat. This shows a distinct trend, with the state electing Tim Johnson to the Senate in 2002 (and the other Senate seat being held by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle), giving this red state an all blue congressional delegation.

But what does really mean? South Dakota, having only three electoral votes and one House seat, means nothing in the race for a majority in the House and in the Presidential election, right? Wrong! It's all about trends. And when supposedly solid red states like South Dakota suddenly starts voting Democrat, that means that something is up. And it doesn't just pertain to the South Dakota or even just the midwest. It means that all over, people who once were Republican are starting to realize that the Grand Old Party is really more radical than they would have us believe. With New Right ideologues like Sanatorum in the Senate, Hassert in the House, and the neocons in the White House, it's suddenly becoming clear that the party that once was considered the guardians of the budget and the party of common sense is becoming the raiders of the budget and the party of no sense. Moderates, who make up a third of the nation, are drifting to the Democratic Party. What do the Republicans do to solve this? Do they become more moderate and tone down the rhetoric? No, that would be the smart thing to do. They're toning up the rhetoric, and pretending that they aren't the party of division and lies. A party of denial is what they've become, denying their own losses, denying their own mistakes, and denying the reality that surrounds them. The Republicans are losing, they have been losing every since the "compassionate conservatives" won.

South Dakota bodes well for the upcoming November election. Let's hope that this trend continues.
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