posted on May 11, 2006 11:10
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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