Two on politics
Democratic leaders, increasingly confident they will seize control of the House in November, are laying plans for a legislative blitz during their first week in power that would raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls.Second, on roughly the same topic from EJ Dionne.
If Rick Santorum wants you to look at his record in a way that makes him a paladin for the poor and if Dennis Hastert wants you to know that he's suspicious of the oil companies, the political weather is changing. When one side starts making the other side's argument, you don't need to be a pollster to know which belief system is in the ascendancy.
Anecdotal evidence way, way, way out in front of the election, but it's far better than bad news.
(Later) While we're talking about the Dems pushing things Americans want, "Democrats on Saturday pressed the U.S. Congress to slash tax breaks for profit-flush oil companies."
(One More) Apparently I'm doing election politics tonight. In one of their "notebook" style articles the WaPo notes that Lance Tarrance a Republican pollster thinks "This administration may be over."
Also, further down in the article is a very complimentary piece on my choice for '08, Clark Kent(Al Gore). "He is the most successful signature on an e-mail that we have ever had," said DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.). Do it, Al. We want you to run.
(Of curious interest, three of these four articles showing a pro dem shift are from the WaPo. Different sections of the paper, but it seems to be their newsrooms conventional wisdom. Hmmmm...)