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October 02, 2006
SEBASTIAN MALLABY writes in the Washington Post:
After years of single-party government, the prospect of a Democratic majority in the House ought to feel refreshing. But even with Republicans collapsing in a pile of sexual sleaze, I just can't get excited. Most Democrats in Congress seem bereft of ideas or the courage to stand up for them. They clearly want power, but they have no principles to guide their use of it.
Michael Barone makes a similar point. And that's one difference between now and 1994: The incumbents in Congress have made themselves vulnerable through corruption and ineptitude. But this time the opposition party doesn't stand for anything in particular beyond the desire for power itself.
It's enough to make you lose faith in the two-party system.
UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal looks at the roots of Republican failure in Congress.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Jonathan Adler writes: "If Republicans lose control of Congress, they'll have no one to blame but themselves."