Republicans have their backs against the wall, facing a bloodbath on Election Day that will leave the party in shambles and the nation in the hands of the worst conglomeration of demagogues, scoundrels and loony leftists ever put together in our nation's history.
When you're fighting for your life, you have two choices: whimper about your plight while the other side cuts you to pieces, or fight as if your life depends on it, which of course it does.
Dark as the outlook for survival may seem, there is a ray of light that if taken advantage of can not only save the GOP, but turn it into a rout of the Democrats that could make Election Day a victory celebration for the Republicans instead of a mournful wake.
The Democrats, who have long shown a shocking talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of near certain victory, are now trying mightily to commit political suicide, yet the majority of elected Republicans are either too blind to see a golden opportunity handed to them on a silver platter, or too stupid to take advantage of it.
Think about it, the vast majority of Americans -- almost 80 percent of them -- are angry and demanding that Congress allow drilling for oil here in the mainland United States, offshore and in Alaska, and the Democrats are thumbing their nose at them and adamantly refusing to lift the ban on drilling.
Their leadership is so committed to preventing the commonsense, long-term solution to the energy crises that they not only refuse to allow a vote on the measure, but skip town without addressing the crisis, with the speaker of the house gadding off to Florida and elsewhere to sell her worst-selling book (a pitiful 2700 or so copies sold thus far, according to Matt Drudge) while her fellow Americans groan under the burden of $4.00 a gallon gasoline.
Her motto isn't Marie Antoinette's "let them eat cake" -- it's more like let the people buy my book and keep shelling out $4 a gallon for gas.
That's a gift from the gods, a life-saving issue that puts the pro-drilling Republicans on the right side of the year's hottest political controversy, and provides them with a weapon they can use to draw the majority of voters to their side and save the party from an impending electoral disaster. Pushed to the limit, it can make Election Day 2008 a banner day in the party's history.
That was obvious to me the minute I saw which way the wind was blowing. Here was the issue that puts the GOP solidly in league with the American people. When I talked with Texas Congressman John Carter on the phone I told him the media was not going to present the GOP's position on the matter, so the Republicans had to do the job themselves in a way the media could not ignore. They had to dramatize their stand.