In One Eye

Monday, October 10, 2005
This story from the Washington Post is making the rounds this morning.
Republican politicians in several states have decided recently not to run for the U.S. Senate next year, stirring anxiety about the effectiveness of the party's recruiting efforts and whether this signals a broader decline in GOP congressional prospects

... With an unpopular war in Iraq, ethical controversies shadowing top Republicans in the House and Senate, and President Bush suffering the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, the waters look less inviting to politicians deciding whether to plunge into an election bid next year.
Now before anyone goes into pre-election jubilation, let us not forget the prescient thesis proposed by James Fallows in the July/August issue of The Atlantic (subscription required): That while the Republicans can't govern, the Democrats certainly can't win.