It's been a while since I've had a “good news” post, so I'm paying a debt here. It truly does look like a bit of panic is setting in amongst the Republicans with regard to their prospects of taking over the U.S. Senate.
I don't think I've written about the upcoming election before, so I can't say I told you so (and anyway, they may win after all), but I've always had faith that the Republicans would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this year. The nutcases are still in charge, and you can't gerrymander a Senate seat, so only the truly crazy states (looking at you, Deep South) are safe, and this year even those aren't (the Dems have a shot at Georgia).
The latest sign of uncertainty from the dark side is an apparent shift in campaign focus away from Obamacare (which is becoming quite popular among people who now have insurance and may, delicious irony, play a role in ridding the nation of Mitch McConnell) toward, of all people, the mild manneredHarry Reid:
The Associated Press reports that GOP Senate candidates are “adjusting their plans” to tie Democratic Senate incumbents to Harry Reid, arguing that he has abused his power and is no longer fit to remain Senate Majority Leader.
I don't think “He's picking on us”, has ever been a winning campaign slogan, especially coming from the modern Republican party. It bespeaks a certain desperation, but it does appear to be the new meme. Give Republicans credit, as soon as they settle on a line of attack, everyone joins in, beginning at the top with Reince Preibus, who is attacking Harry for misusing his taxpayer funded twitter account by using it in precisely the same way Republicans use theirs. I don't pretend to be an expert on twitter, but I'm having trouble figuring how Reid is misusing taxpayer money on twitter. Aren't twitter accounts free?
Anyway, this is all good news. When your opposition starts preaching to the extreme right side of the choir, you can't help but feel good about it.