Monday, April 04, 2005

GOP To Start Playing Hardball?

Here is an interesting article that suggests midterm Congressional elections could be a knockout for Republicans next year. The premise is that Bush won 41 House districts that are held by Democrats; the conclusion that Republicans would do well to focus on those. Given that obstructionism in the Senate is shaping up to be a key issue for or against Democrats (heaven help them if they use Harry Reid's nuclear option on the Senate), the guess here is that Dems have a lot to lose if Social Security reform breaks the logjam and passes despite their best efforts. While Bush has played rope-a-dope, House Democrats have made outlandish claims in support of the unsustainable status quo. If the President comes off the ropes and sticks it to reform opponents, they could well be seeing stars for years to come.