I'm still working on my final analysis of the Senate race and I'm glad to be receiving your insightful comments. Here are some excerpts of yet another letter explaining one reader's thoughts on the outcome of the race (I'm blessed with very incisive and imaginative readers):
"O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." --Sir Walter Scott
As Tom Daschle pursued the post of Majority Leader and his short-lived bid for the Democratic nomination to the Presidency, he followed the road map of many Democrats that went before him, David Bonior, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore, and yes, Bill Clinton. All of these folks were once pro-life, pro-family and pro-Second Amendment. However, when the demand of advancing their careers in the Democratic Party came, they sold out their faith and the voters who first elected them. Instrumental in this transformation is muddying their positions to cover their tracks. Daschle did so in a startling fashion.
The interview that Tom Daschle had with Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal proved to be the beginning of the end. When pressed by Woster on the abortion issue, and the obvious inconsistencies with his record, Daschle refused to say whether he considered himself pro-choice (something he exclaimed in the NARAL fundraising memo), and questioned the appropriateness of the question. Daschle was indignant, Daschle was arrogant, and it pointed to the fact that he knew that the abortion issue was his Achilles heel.
An argument has been made by Rapid City Journal reporter Denise Ross that Daschle's staff poorly served him on the abortion issue. Countering her belief, Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report, essentially said he was well-served, because they knew he had "a problem" on the abortion issue, and because of that, went up on television 16 months before the election. Counter to what both believe, neither staff, nor hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro-life television ads aired by Daschle, could extract him out of the tight and sticky pro-abortion web he had woven over the last 26 years in Washington, D.C.
The end was nearly Shakespearean. With the desperate "King Tom" bleeding heavily in their tracking polls, he called in a "chit" with a long-time judge friend whose confirmation to the federal bench he had shepherded through. Daschle and his minions were hoping desperately for a "friendly" ruling that would block poll watchers that were there to avert voter fraud. The judge should have recused himself, but leveled a judgment that while not good, was sufficient for victory. It was priceless to have the live blog report from DaschlevThune.com capturing Daschle's two top campaign chiefs Steve Hildebrand and Pfeiffer flailing around for their cell phones, lashing out at people, desperately spinning their friends in the press, honking their horn and squealing their tires, knowing that "King Tom" was doomed.
My last thoughts are on the blogosphere. Having never been familiar with blogs and their influence on campaigns and elections until this cycle, I must say I deeply appreciate them, and believe they are here to stay as a growing and influential force. Despite the shrill cries of the main stream media (MSM), blogs are indeed journalism. They hearken back to the pamphleteers of the American Revolution. Blogs play a critical role in informing the electorate because so much of the MSM have become partisan tools for the Democratic National Committee and the entrenched incumbents they support. Cutting my teeth in Macomb County, Michigan, I saw first-hand how the Macomb Daily (the largest daily newspaper in the county) would provide only favorable coverage to Senator Carl Levin, his brother Congressman Sander Levin, and Congressman David Bonior. The paper completely ignored any critical stories about these liberals, even if they were newsworthy. This is exactly what the Argus Leader did for Daschle through the cozy relationship the Senator had with Daschle’s college chum David Kranz.
Despite the heavy "political cover" the liberal Argus Leader provided Tom Daschle, and the desperate machinations by Daschle and his staff, the three-term Senator could not be rescued from the web he had woven.