Don’t they know the Republicans are supposed to lose? At least that’s the attitude the WaPo is taking in this article:
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.
Some Republicans on Capitol Hill are bracing for losses of 25 House seats or more. But party operatives say Rove is predicting that, at worst, Republicans will lose only 8 to 10 seats — shy of the 15-seat threshold that would cede control to Democrats for the first time since the 1994 elections and probably hobble the balance of Bush’s second term.
In the Senate, Rove and associates believe, a Democratic victory would require the opposition to “run the table,” as one official put it, to pick up the necessary six seats — a prospect the White House seems to regard as nearly inconceivable.
The Mark Foley page scandal and its fallout have many Republicans panicked, but Rove professes to be taking it in stride. “The data we are seeing from individual races and the national polls would tend to indicate that people can divorce Foley’s personal action from the party,” he said in a brief interview Thursday.
The official White House line of supreme self-assurance comes from the top down. Bush has publicly and privately banished any talk of losing the GOP majorities, in part to squelch any loss of nerve among his legions. Come January, he said last week, “We’ll have a Republican speaker and a Republican leader of the Senate.”
The question is whether this is a case of justified confidence — based on Bush’s and Rove’s electoral record and knowledge of the money, technology and other assets at their command — or of self-delusion. Even many Republicans suspect the latter. Three GOP strategists with close ties to the White House flatly predicted the loss of the House, though they would not do so on the record for fear of offending senior Bush aides.
Bush and Rove refuse to say die. Instead, they will fight to maintain a Republican majority in both houses of Congress until the bitter end, which drives the left mad. As far as I’m concerned, we need more people like them. Just because things don’t look good for Republicans at this moment of the campaign doesn’t mean they should forfeit the entire election a whole 22 days before Election Day. Anything can happen in 22 days.
Adversity is a given in this vale of tears. Take it like a man, even if you’re a woman. Suck it up, fix your problems, and charge into the next election with courage, grace, and optimism.
We may lose a contest, but the Democrats can never defeat us; only we can do that to ourselves.
But if we pull up our pants with courage and vigor and step out bravely, sword in hand, even after being sent reeling;
If we never say die;
If we never recognize final defeat;
If we never give up;
If we stand ever ready to give the last full measure of our devotion;
If we have faith;
If we adopt the credo of the Spartans at Thermopylae, death before dishonor;
Then in the end, we shall prevail, ourselves or those who follow… and even the grandchildren of our adversaries shall have cause to remember our names.
And that is no mean thing.
Click on over to Big Lizards and read the entire manifesto.