Republicans Need to Stop the Navel Gazing

Because if we aren’t careful, this headline could be reality.

Democrats see dream of ’06 victory taking form.

Suddenly, Democrats see a possibility in 2006 they have long dreamed of: a sweeping midterm election framed around what they describe as the simple choice of change with the Democrats or more of an unpopular status quo with the Republican majority.

Even if the Iraq, Katrina, Rita, and Harriet combination isn’t the perfect storm Democrats are praying for, it is only the perception that matters. If a majority of Americans believe those forces, along with the problems encircling DeLay, Rove, and Frist are enough to topple the GOP, we’ll experience an ’06 cycle like the Democrats experienced the ’94 cycle. We’ll wake up to the hard cold reality that we took our eye off the ball and promptly got spanked. No matter if we lose the majority or even just a couple of seats in congress, the damage will be done and we’ll be wounded as we head into the 2008 presidential campaign.

Wake up. Be smart. There’s no time to waste. Let’s cool the infighting and get our act back together. We can’t afford to let the Democrats take advantage of the current environment. For if they do, they’ll command the attention, they’ll control the dialog, and they’ll convince the public that Republicans need to go.

And that’s not reality.

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