Of course not, according to the sycophantic MSM, the correct meme is that the Democrats will triumph over all in '08 because . . . well it is hard say why, given the following:
Democratic frontrunner: inexperienced, very high negatives, political tin ear. Could cause the downballot to collapse if nominated.
Republican frontrunner: executive experience (no on-the-job training necessary, Hillary), charismatic, good political instincts (either Rudy or Mitt fits this description).
Democrats: 11% approval rating for a Dem-majority Congress. Enough said. Remember how many of the freshman Republicans after '94 got swept back out of the House in '96? Dems are trying hard to repeat history.
Republicans: unfortunately, they have a natural knack for being effective only when in the minority.
War in Iraq
Democrats: we can still have a defeat, if we just try harder!
Republicans: proven right about the Surge. Continued abatement of violence vindicates Iraq policies, takes Iraq off the table as an issue. Evaporates the Democratic 'mandate' from '06.
Democrats: higher taxes are the answer to every problem, in every context, all the time.
Republicans: American like lower taxes. Who, seriously, votes to have their taxes raised?
Democrats: what's that?
Republicans: it ain't pretty, it ain't perfect, but at least wetake it seriously.
Democrats: let's turn them all into Democrats as soon as possible.
Republicans: this is priority for many Republicans, independents and Democrats. We've learned that now!
Old news: Jack Abramoff, Bernard Kerick, Duke Cunningham.
New news: Norman Hsu, Fujian busboys, William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson (Democrat, Louisiana).