In domestic politics, my first prediction is one that pains me to make, but I’ll make it anyway.
The Democratic Party has had a recent run of corruption and sex scandals. Mathematicians say that there are no such things as streaks and that the last event has nothing to do with the next. The only people who disagree are crapshooters and political operatives. Since I am both, I firmly believe that there are streaks and that political scandals happen in clusters.
The Republican Party had its fair share of scandal and charges of deeply imbedded corruption preceding the 2006 election and leading up to the 2008 elections.
It doesn’t hurt to point out that these types of things are also more likely to harm the party in the majority — Republicans had more elected politicians (315 Republican officeholders in House, Senate, and state governorships) leading up to 2006.
With two big Democratic elections in a row, Democrats now hold a larger majority — 340 U.S. representatives, senators and governors. Simple math and history point to the fact that the more elected officials a party has in office, the more likely its politicians will get caught up in some sort of scandal.
The current streak, however removed from President-elect Barack Obama, doesn’t bode well for Democrats in 2009…
Not guilty of anything…Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said, because of his indictment. He was impeached as governor by a mostly Democratic Illinois state house….
A newsman at The Washington Times says Senator Feinsten directed millions of taxpayer money to her husband’s company…..
Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….
Former New York Governor’s “friend”….