Let's start in Denver, where Haggard is in trouble. I'm not following it very closely, but in the transition from living room to bathroom, I took a little break and read this article. We're in the middle of a he-said he-said where even James Dobson seems to be taking the word of a male prostitute over that of the Reverend. Haggard thought that "I bought meth from the prostituted, and I never used it, and I just got a massage and never had sex with him" would be a defense, even after previously denying ever knowing the prostitute? Man-oh-man.
But tucked in the middle of all this lurid stuff is something that scared me even more:
Spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters Friday that it was inaccurate to portray him as being close to the White House, insisting Haggard was only an occasional participant in weekly conference calls between West Wing staff and leading evangelicals.
There's a weekly conference call between the West Wing and evangelical Christians?
I'm totally cool with any religious group--evangelicals included--calling the White House and setting up meetings on issues of importance to them. But every week, rain or shine? Holy crap, that's bad. Worse than I thought. I don't like my church and state that close.
Anyway. The History teacher I work with set up a pool (no money will change hands) where we picked some of the closest US races (Senate, House, and gubernatorial) on Tuesday. Any student who beats one of us gets two extra credit points.
I've got Democrats with a 51-49 edge in the Senate (counting Lieberman and Sanders as Democrats). The momentum has convinced me McCaskill will nose one out in Missouri and Webb in Virginia...but won't be enough for Ford in Tennessee. I don't remember most of my House or gubernatorial picks.
Oh...and I'm a month late on this one...why was everyone focused on Senator Allen calling the young Indian-American kid "macaca" when his later statement of "Welcome him to America!" was far more offensive and directly exposing of his bigoted beliefs that Americans are a certain color?
Anyhoo...I predicted 51-49 the day before yesterday...and since then, electoral-vote.com's polls have shifted to exactly my predictions (in the Senate, anyway). Yay me.
I'm not nearly as nervous as I was two years ago, I think because I'm actually confident this time.