By midnight next Tuesday a lot of questions are going to be answered. Some of the answers are already apparent. In what may be the most remarkable estimation of the election day outcome, we've got this report of the largest wagering house in Ireland declaring payment on those who bet that Republicans would capture the House of Representatives a week before the election takes place.
Not Close Enough to Wait
Where I live the only slightly questionable outcome is the governor's race and this morning incumbent Republican Rick Perry was ahead of former Houston mayor and Clintonista, Bill White, by double digits. The rest is all Republicans locally.
But there are always races that you really root for but can't participate in. Those are the ones where the incumbent is one of those we love to hate. I know that despite my deepest animosity, Nancy Pelosi will be re-elected. It is highly unlikely that Barney Frank will be unseated despite his totally disgusting personality. There is a very good chance that Harry Reid may be taken down.
The ones that I reserve special levels of venom for, however, aren't all Democrats. Right now, the top of my list of desired defeats contains a pair of Republicans, at least in name. Both are self-serving and loathsome individuals that are unwilling to take the will of the voters as their mandate. Each is running as an independent and not the nominee of their party and each is jeopardizing what should be a sure thing for a pair of Senate seats.
Runner-up on my vile list is Charlie Crist of Florida. He got beat like a drum by Marco Rubio in the primary run-up and went rogue, declaring himself an independent. Rubio could win the state in a landslide and in the process significantly bolster the GOP standing among Latinos. Crist, however, dilutes the vote, and although he won't win he gives the Democratic candidate some semblance of hope for an upset. Crist is actually so liberal a "Republican" that the report yesterday was that Bill Clinton was dispatched to encourage the Democratic candidate, Kendrick Meeks, to drop out. Crist looks good to the Left!
The hands-down champ for me is the porker from Alaska. Lisa Murkowski never earned her Senate seat. She inherited it from her father when he decided he would rather milk his state for profit as the governor than get lost in a crowd of 100 Senators himself. As newly elected governor he appointed his daughter to his vacant seat. There she ear-marked her way to fame and fortune. When Sarah Palin took the governorship and went at the corruption in her state, Murkowski was on her list of targets.
Incumbent Senators don't lose primaries, but Murkowski did. Could she hear the voters? Apparently not. She has chosen to run a write-in candidacy against a Republican who is a graduate of West Point and combat veteran. He would be certain to win the general election without Lisa's interference.
The thing to watch is the handling of the write-in candidacy. The rules for write-ins are quite restrictive. The writing must be legible and correctly spelled. Murkowski ain't Jane Doe. The issue though is whether the Murkowski machine still has enough beef in the state courts to weasel around the law and accept votes for Lisa even when they aren't correctly cast.
She is below despicable. She is not interested in the public service of elected office. She earns the championship for my list of candidates I'm eager to see lose.
Got any targets yourself?