AFTER-WORD – Friday, November 5, 2004
Unless the Senate GOP rules have changed recently, seniority trumps everything and Specter is the next chairman of the committee provided he wants it. They might be able to talk him into taking Appropriations if Thad Cochran of Mississippi waives his seniority. (The current chair, Ted Stevens of Alaska, is term limited from his spot.)
Allawi called it "unfortunate" that Chirac didn't stick around.
Rounding off the percentage of the actual vote received by each candidate, the President won 52% to 48%. It was more like 3%, actually, and that might be the only bit of "conventional wisdom" which held true this election: if a candidate wins the popular vote by more than 1%, he will win the Electoral vote.
Another bit of conventional wisdom which held true was that when a sitting President goes into the year of an election with an approval rating of over 50-percent, he wins.
These are thing which I was taught, though I could never figure out how they correlated with reality other than by happy coincidence.
On that last one, aren't you confusing Clinton with Carter with the 1980 quip? Clinton might well have been whining that long, but the crack would seem to better fit Carter, given that he was voted off the island in 1980.
Mark... The "You" was for "you Democrats," not "you. Clinton." They have been whining since our government shifted to the Right. They had a brief, celebratory reprieve in the early '90s, but they've been whining steadily since the end of '94.
I've cleared up the ambiguity by putting a bracketed Democrats after "you."