Under the Dome - Full of Crap

The 2006 Senate race should have been a no-brainer for the Republicans. In contrast to 2008, when Senate Republicans make up 21 of the 33 seats up for reelection, in 2006 they made up only 15 of 33. Among those were the red state Senate seats of VA and MT and the deeply purple incumbent seats of OH, PA, and MO. Only RI, a truly Blue state, posed a serious opportunity for pick-up. The Republicans held 55 seats and left the 2004 election talking about how to win the veto-proof majority they would need in 2006. It seemed likely with Democrats in danger in FL, WA, NJ and MI; leaving open seats in MD and MN; and Democrats up for reelection in deep red states like ND and NE. This was the future that Democrats were facing in November 2004. Yet, Republicans self-destructed at every turn.

originally posted at A Raw Dole, your daily source of all things Liddy.

  • Rick Santorum published a book telling women to stay at home barefoot and pregant.
  • George Allen hurled racial slurs like mini-footballs at homecoming.
  • Conrad Burns showed himself to be an idiot and a lout.
  • Republicans fielded hopeless candidates in WA, MN, FL, and MI and more or less no candidates in the deep red states.

Yet, though they were up against the electoral wall in 2004, Democrats put together a strong strategy that saw the Senate twist from 55-45 to 51-49 in their favor. While it wasn't all Elizabeth Dole's fault, she certainly didn't help the situation. Yet, how does Under the Dome present this schlacking and 180 degree turn and upset and piledriver by the Democrats while Dole was in charge of winning?

U.S. SEN. ELIZABETH DOLE: For the sands of time. The Republicans lost control of the Senate, but at least her two-year reign of "The Election Cycle That Stunk For Republicans" is over. Dole knew the odds were long when she became chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but few expected the Senate to go Democratic until a few days before the election. Now, Dole can focus on the re-election race that really matters: her own.

Bull. Elizabeth Dole went into this thinking she would be going for a veto-proof majority, instead she saw her party lose the Senate in a blowout. She failed, miserably. Thank God.

Comments

Well, gee whiz....

every time I've written to Senator Dole I've received some months later a very nice form letter stating all the wonderful things she's voted on and all such. And, she always tells me how important my opinion is to her and that she's doing her best and all. Sometimes she even mentions what I wrote to her about.

Why I even recall her offering me the opportunity to get my own toll-free 800 number and a sort of assistant to listen to my cares and woes...if I would just donate $5000 towards the worthy goal of electing more Republicans. Wasn't that nice?

And here you are....being nacky to this fine, upstanding example of Republican feculence, er, integrity. I'm shocked! Just to peeve you I'm gonna send her a $3 bill toward her re-election. Showed you, din't I?

Elizabeth Dole is one of the finest fence-straddling, mealy-mouthed, gas bags in the Senate and I hope all North Carolinians recognize her for these fine traits. We can always count on her to vote in our interests as long as we have no interests. That's saying something isn't it? I mean, she really has a perfect record here, does she not?

For shame...picking on pore ole Liddy.

Stan Bozarth

You are right.

for shame on me. I should NEVER, EVER read the N&O. That will teach me.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

My LTE to the N&O (under 200 words?)

Under the dome recently declared "Dole knew the odds were long when she became chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but few expected the Senate to go Democratic until a few days before the election." Perhaps these folks were living in a different country in November 2004. Because what I remember was Republicans going for a veto-proof 60 member Senate in 2006. Democrats had threatened seats in FL, NJ, MI, WA, and MN along with deep red seats up in NE and ND. Reps faced only 15 challenges in 2006, with most in safe Red states, but now face 21 seats in 2008. Elizabeth Dole failed the Republican Party. It was not all her fault, but she still failed.
CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert Novak

agrees with you Robert.
www.suntimes.com/news/novak/150315,CST-EDT-novak27.article

Schumer at the DSCC was a coolly pragmatic decision-maker. He far outdid his Republican counterpart, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, in fund-raising, recruitment and strategy.

Of the three Senate election cycles, 2006 was easily the most hazardous for Democrats. Far from achieving the net gain of six seats needed to take control, Democrats were in danger of losing seats in Nebraska, Florida, West Virginia, Washington, Minnesota and North Dakota. Schumer, using his New York connections, raised $23 million from the metropolitan area alone. For the first time, the DSCC outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in both years of the election cycle. As of mid-October, the DSCC had outspent the NRSC, $94.6 million to $70 million.

While Dole was striking out in recruiting, Schumer successfully prevented the retirement of incumbent Democrats, which had led to many losses in 2004.

I wonder if the N&O will carry this column from Novak that so clearly contradicts the column by their Under the Dome 'experts'.