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Elizabeth Dole has been virtually invisible since she was elected.  (In case you forgot, she is North Carolina’s senior United States Senator.)

She may wish she were invisible after this year’s elections are over.

Senator Dole is being panned for her performance as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  So is her staff, including Executive Director Mark Stephens of North Carolina.

I don’t know Senator Dole or Mark well.  But I respect their obvious political abilities.  And I learned long ago that success or failure as a political operative rest largely on the fortunes of timing and the foibles of candidates, neither of which you can control.

Right now, things don’t look good for Republican Senate candidates.  In fact, Liddy and Mark could end up presiding over the GOP’s loss of the Senate.

I detect a whiff of desperation in a fundraising appeal Mark signed recently.  One newspaper quoted his “apocalyptic predictions should the Democrats become the majority party:”

"They want nothing more than to create a three-ring political circus they know will get favorable coverage from the liberal media so that they can discredit, and then undo the Bush tax cuts and other important elements of the Bush agenda.

"And it's even likely that Democrats - should they take over the House and Senate - will try to impeach President Bush."

Ah well, as Hunter Thompson used to say: When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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Democrats in the State House Committee say they want to ban political contributions from lobbyists to legislators. That’s fine. But don’t be deceived....

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The Democratic Party is undergoing one of its periodic paroxysms of soul-searching. It’s not a pretty sight. The soul-searching has long been bubbli...

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How deeply is ‘pay to play’ ingrained in the culture of the Democratic Party?Let’s take a look at the upcoming Democrat race for Governor in 2008.&nbs...

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When the state had to bid an $18 million contract to purchase office supplies, it hired the consulting company Accenture and paid them $300,000 to eva...

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Has there ever been a worse idea than the Senate Republicans’ proposal for a $100 tax rebate to help Americans buy more $3 gas? Has there ever been ...

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A good way for Republicans to get a head start on the next Mayor’s race is to start making Mayor Charles Meeker’s runaway spending an issue. Now. On ...

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The usual way to eliminate an opponent, politically, is to defeat him in an election. A simpler way – when the legislature redraws its districts – is ...

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Brad Miller is an ideal Congressman: serious, sincere and hard-working. Here is how decent a guy Brad is:  He chaired the Senate committee that ...

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The day before the election, when defense attorneys asked a Durham judge to remove DA Mike Nifong from the Duke University lacrosse rape case, chargin...

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