Sometime after the election, I wonder if I'll be reading something like this:
"Despite his low ratings in the polls, President (sic) Bush had a positive effect on every race he visited in the waning days of the campaign. How can this be? 'I suspect polls simply aren't an accurate indicator of the President's (sic) popularity, or anything else, for that matter,' said Sean O'Evil, fellow at the Justice League. 'This President (sic) is a fighter, and he seems to confound the expectations of the liberal media time and time again..."
I bet I could read something like that in a hundred newspaper reports and never find someone willing to come out and tell us the real reason Mr. Bush might save some Republican backside:
Who's Mr. Bush still popular with? Why, his "base," of course, the richest people in the country, who are doing quite well under Mr. Bush, thank you very much, and who are thus more than happy to help out Conrad "Frank" Burns or Jim Talent (though probably not George Allen or Rick Santorum, since everyone knows by now that they're clowns) by paying a lot of money to hear Mr. Bush speak (sic). And Republicans can then spend that money for TV ads that lie about their opponents, or for better ground operations that turn out more voters -- or both.
Money is both the elephant and the elephant dung in every room that discusses politics.
And in the interest of full disclosure, let me state that, though I support public campaign-financing, I also live in a world that doesn't, so I've given a hundred bucks to each of the following individuals: former independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader; Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV); U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Sherrod Brown (D-OH); State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Jon Tester (D-MT); former Navy Secretary and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb (D-VA); and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). I'm not going to brook any silliness about how there's only one Republican on that list. You want the cash? Have integrity and do good works. Mr. Paul doesn't seem to have any problem understanding that.