On the future — and possible erosion — of the GOP, Instapundit writes a “pre-mortem.”
So is it over for the GOP majorities in Congress? It’s still too early to say, I guess, but when even John Hinderaker is sounding extremely gloomy that’s certainly the way to bet.
So I want to stress, for the edification of any Republican leaders who might pay attention, that this is the result of a series of unforced errors on their part.
The errors, which are very well worth the read, can be summarized as:
1. The Terri Shiavo affair;
2. The Harriet Meyers debacle;
3. The Dubai Ports disaster;
5. William Jefferson; and
To which I would add my own, specifically that President Bush has never, ever overcome the perception that he is politically controlled by others who are not accountable to voters… particularly Donald Rumsfeld. While that choice is clearly limited to Bush’s decision-making, I maintain the perception of non-accountability continues to hang over the Republican party, and the aforementioned list of errors actually lists the consequences of political puppetry.