Thanks to Ed Morrissey, Carol Platt Liebau, Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson for filling in for me while I was off.
Part of vacation hangover is trying to catch up on all the posts I have missed for the past few days. Of them all the most charming is Powerline’s John Hinderaker’s link to the amazing photos from the Library of Congress of a time gone by.
Today I’ll dive back into the mass of political news that is building towards an election that promises to be a historic U-Turn in the direction of the country. The only really dark cloud on the GOP horizon right now is in Colorado, where Tom Tancredo’s third party candidacy will forfeit the state to another four years of Democratic misrule while effectively making Tom more marginal than Pat Buchanan after his Reform Party dalliance. Tom should declare that his point has been made and that he is dropping out given the obvious consequence of his candidacy, thus preserving his and Colorado’s futures. Colorado’s economy cannot afford another four years of Democratic mismanagement, but Tom is delivering that very result with far more effectiveness than even the largest of the Rocky Mountain State’s Democratic money interests combined. Hopefully his loyal friends and allies will talk him out of this disastrous indulgence.
In the GOP primary for Senate, a poll touted by the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza had Jane Norton up by a handful of points last week, while the Denver Post’s SurveyUSA poll had Ken Buck up by 9 but falling. Norton is the stronger general election candidate and both Norton and Buck are conservatives, so late mail-in ballots will probably break Norton’s way. The election is over a week from tomorrow.