Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It is a sign of the Himalayan presumption to which the anti-DeLay hordes have soared that one of their websites is soliciting from their rank and vile "witty slogans" to be reproduced on billboards in House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's district and thus sink him into oblivion when next the electorate speak. Now how would any of these angry hysterics recognize wit?

 I do long to see the fruits of their labors. Already we have some specimens of their facetiae. There is the T-shirt that reads, "Dear Tom DeLay, Drop Dead/ Sincerely, The American People." Ha, ha, ha -- and did you get that, "Sincerely, The American People"? What did I say about the anti-DeLay hysterics' mountainous presumption? They actually think that their juvenile indignation is characteristic of the majority of the American people. But then they think the majority of the American people oppose the present Republican administration and were somehow hoodwinked out of the last two elections.

 Just the other day the Democrats' most recent messiah, Sen. Jean-Francois Kerry, solemnized, "Last year, too many people were denied their right to vote, too many who tried to vote were intimidated." Here is Sen. Kerry's evidence: "Leaflets are handed out saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday. People are told in telephone calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not allowed to vote."

 Well, Michael Barone, one of the most perceptive students of politics, has also been reviewing the last election. He comes to a conclusion based on more solid evidence than that of the glassy-eyed Sen. Kerry, namely, election results -- state by state and congressional district by congressional district. Barone concludes, "In the long run, Republicans are well-positioned to increase their numbers in both the Senate and the House." The number of Democrats in the Senate and the House who are dependent on constituencies that have voted Republican in presidential races is far higher than the number of Republicans holding seats in states that go Democratic every four years. When these Democrats retire or step away from moderate positions, a Republican is likely to take their place.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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