Election 2006

"Well, look at it this way: You cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no matter how fine a dog it is otherwise.

"My friend John Henry Faulk always said the way to break a dog of that habit is to take one of the chickens the dog has killed and wire the thing around the dog's neck, good and strong. And leave it there until that dead chicken stinks so bad the dog won't be able to stand himself. You leave it on there until the last little bit of flesh rots and falls off, and that dog won't kill chickens again.

"The Bush Administration is going to be wired around the neck of the American people for four more years, long enough for the stench to sicken everybody. It should cure the country of electing Republicans.

"I can think of nothing more likely to convince the people not to vote for Republicans again for a long, long time than four more years of George W. Bush" (Molly Ivins. "A Rotting, Dead Chicken." The Progressive, Dec. 2004: 50).

"To their credit, would-be presidential candidate Senator Russell Feingold and former Senator Gary Hart have recently made strong antiwar statements. More recently two other presidential contenders, Senator John Kerry and former Senator John Edwards, have begun to call for a shift in policy, though still in vague and reticent terms. More typical, however, are the other presidential hopefuls, Senators Hillary Clinton, Joseph Biden and Evan Bayh, who continue to huddle for cover in "the center." They offer little alternative to Bush's refrain "We must stay the course!"" ("Democrats and the War." The Nation, Nov. 28, 2005: 3).,p.

"The election was a repudiation of the Bush presidency, a revolt powered by voters' opposition to policies they associate with Bush and his allies: open-ended occupation of Iraq, free-trade pacts that favor corporations rather than workers, disdain for the rule of law and ethical standards" (John Nichols. "Measuring the Mandate." The Nation, Nov. 27, 2006: 4).

Colby Glass, MLIS