I love this Nancy Pelosi email. Charlie Cook is the dean of beltway conventional wisdom on Congress - let's look back at how he was talking a year ago... "Democrats run the risk of becoming perpetual losers, with a self-defeating mentality to match." -- Charlie Cook, National Journal, 1/22/2005In March Charlie Cook was still unconvinced..."In looking at the current political playing field, it is hard to see how Democrats can make up much ground in 2006." --Charlie Cook, National Journal, 3/22/2005Democrats fought against the odds and against relentless Republican majorities in Congress to thwart President Bush and Tom DeLay's special interest priorities. Now look what Charlie Cook is saying..."In terms of the political climate, every indicator suggests that we could see a tidal wave in favor of the Democrats." -- Charlie Cook, National Journal, 11/19/2005Stu Rothenberg, another weathervane analyst here inside Washington, agrees..."At this point, Democratic gains appear to be inevitable." -- Stu Rothenberg, Washington Times, 1/3/2006And on the issue of ethics, one that the DCCC has been hammering on since last April with their House of Scandal site, Rothernberg says..."Ethics has become a major threat to the Republicans' control of Capitol Hill." -- Stu Rothenberg, Roll Call, 1/24/2006
And even Republicans are running scared, as noted in a letter to their colleagues from Republican Reps. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), Charlie Bass (R-NH), Paul Ryan (R-WI, and Tom Feeney (R-FL)"We must realize that the Majority we have worked so hard for is in jeopardy." - Washington Post, 1/30/06
Granted the republican majority is no Tacoma Narrows Bridge, but even republicans are starting to admit that it is beginning to look a bit wobbly.