Carol Platt Liebau: Notice the Spin

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Notice the Spin

This story in the LA Times spins the retirement of Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) as a "early blow" to GOP hopes of "reclaiming the majority" in the U.S. Senate.

Sorry; wishing doesn't make it so. Actually, Allard's retirement actually increases the chances that the Republicans will retain the seat, given the other popular Republicans who could run for it (paging Gov. Bill Owens) -- coupled with the fact that Allard barely squeaked by in a close reelection race in 2002, a much more hospitable climate for Republicans.

No doubt it's tempting for the MSM to try to paint a portrait of Democratic inevitability, but in truth, it's just too soon to know what's going to happen in Fall of '08 . . . and lots will depend on the complexion of the presidential race.


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