There’s been endless babble about how if the Republicans lose the House or the Senate in Washington, they will have deserved it and caused it. This is, I presume, because not many people feel that the Democrats truly deserve to actually “win” the majority position back (except for die hard Democrats I’m sure).
Instapundit recently outlined this in a “Post-Mortem” that has become kind of infamous, even to the point of securing wrath from Rush Limbaugh. Sufficed to say that many conservatives and libertarians are walking around with their heads in their armpits for want of reasons to vote out the Republicans, because although they have proven themselves to be clumsy, inept and in some cases downright corrupt, the alternative is the Democrats. Not much of a choice.
My first impression is to just stay with the Republican and hope that they get it eventually, as I have no confidence that booting them out of office will really correct their behavior or improve their focus on their moral compass anyway (did it improve the Democrat's behavior?).
And just as I’m reconsidering that and voting for some Independents, I link to this article by Paul Krugman, whom I hardly ever find myself in the same ballpark with, and he makes a very horrifying point.
[W]hile the Democrats won't gain the ability to pass laws, if they win they will gain the ability to carry out investigations, and the legal right to compel testimony... Those who think it's a good idea to investigate, say, allegations of cronyism and corruption in Iraq contracting should be aware that any vote cast for a Republican makes Congressional investigations less likely. Those who believe that the administration should be left alone to do its job should be aware that any vote for a Democrat makes investigations more likely.
Hat tip to TigerHawk on that quote.
And that sealed my vote.