Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Man Behind the Curtain

The other day I read a story in U.S. News about how some Republican insiders are freaking out about President Bush's overconfidence as the November midterm elections near. Most polls currently predict a bloodbath for GOP candidates.
"They aren't even planning for if they lose," says a GOP insider who informally counsels the West Wing.
In tomorrow's Washington Post, Michael Abramowitz also writes about an eerily upbeat White House.
Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove (my emphasis).
Either Bush and Rove are blindly practicing the power of positive thinking, or they know something we don't.

A little over three weeks ago, Drudge linked to a Newsmax article about how Karl Rove has been promising Republicans an "October surprise". Maybe it was supposed to be the North Korean nuke test, but that doesn't really seem to be helping the Republicans too much.

Is there something else up Karl Rove's sleeve? Maybe Osama is dead, or some foiled terror plot is going to come to light at an opportune moment before November 7. As dirty and despicable of a political operative Rove is, the Democrats would be wise to stay on their toes and not take anything for granted. Neither of which is their strong point.
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