Burt Prelutsky

As days of infamy go, November 7th, 2006, wasn’t as bad as December 7th, 1941, but it was pretty darn awful if you were a Conservative. There are those who claim that people get the government they deserve. In countries such as Iran, Syria and North Korea, that might be the case. The trouble in a democracy, or a republic, if you insist, is that all of us wind up with the government that only some of us deserve.

Still, I can’t help but hope that some good will come of it. While I don’t relish the idea of Democrats making laws, conducting witch hunts, overseeing judicial appointments, and determining America’s foreign policy, for the next two years, maybe the Republicans can take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to ride roughshod over the opposition. As the election proved, I’m not the only Conservative who got sick and tired of Bush and his cohorts trying to play nice with the liberals for these past half dozen years. Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, Kerry, Obama, Rangel, and the rest of the left-wing rabble will work these clucks over with blackjacks, and -- who knows? -- by 2008, the Republicans, if they survive, may finally learn how to wage battle in a back alley.

One thing politicians, whatever their party, should have learned by now is that their sins will inevitably come to light. Sometimes, I wonder if politicians are really as stupid as they seem or are they simply child-like in their naivety. The problem, I suspect, is that politicians become as complacent as cows because they exist in such well-tended cocoons. I mean, if everyone you came into contact with on a daily basis was a lobbyist looking to curry favor, a staff member looking to get a raise or a constituent looking to donate money to your campaign, you could easily get the idea that if you’re not exactly God, you’re certainly god-like. As a result, they lose sight of the fact that there are a lot of people -- those in the opposition party and, worse yet, those in the headline-hunting media -- who are out gunning for them.

So, while many people want to lay the blame for the election day debacle entirely at the feet of the president, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove, they shouldn’t overlook the part played by such fellows as Tom DeLay, Mark Foley and Duke Cunningham, in making the Republican party smell like an open sewer.

It’s probably not fair that when Democrats such as Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Marion Berry, William Jefferson, Jesse Jackson, Gerry Studds and Al Sharpton, commit even worse transgressions, they’re let off with a slap on the wrist. But that’s because Republican voters tend to have principles, and are therefore less forgiving, whereas Democrats have only political agendas.