Monday, September 27, 2004

Two Good Reads

Via Political Animal, I came across a couple of interesting articles from The Washington Monthly. Both envision Bush winning on November 2, but each has a unique take on what will happen should that iceberg hit.

  • Grover Norquist writes the obituary for the Democratic Party. Mr. Norquist seems to have a bit of trouble remembering recent history. In 1974 the pundits wrote off the Republicans as being completely crippled by Watergate, and they said the 1976 election of Jimmy Carter nailed the lid on the coffin. Look how long that lasted.
  • Kevin Drum on the inevitability of scandal tearing apart Bush’s second term. He doesn’t have anything specific in mind, but points to the fact that the second terms of every president since Truman has been marred by scandal: Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton (LBJ did not technically have a second term, but if you need to look there, there’s Abe Fortas.) And with what’s been going on in Bush’s first term, there’s plenty of stuff simmering away to make Bush wish he was back in Crawford.
  • I know I’m not completely impartial, but Drum has history on his side, and Norquist has hallucinogenics on his.