In The Daily Show's continuing coverage of Indecision 2010 - Midterm Madness, comedian Jon Stewart said that it seems inevitable that the Republicans will take back the House of Representatives in November, attributing Republican victories to "a season of voter anger and change."
This bad: A loss of 10 Senate seats will tip the scales and give Republicans control of the Senate. And 13 Democrats' seats are "in danger."
It gets worse for Dems. Monitor staff writer Brad Knickerbocker wrote:
A USA Today/Gallup poll shows voters more likely to pick a generic Republican over a Democrat for Congress by 53-40 percent, particularly if that candidate is a newcomer. “It appears that the best type of candidate to be this fall is a Republican challenger,” writes Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones.
Stewart's Exhibit A: Sharron Angle
Ms. Angle, as Stewart illustrates in a barrage of video clips, says that gay Americans should not be allowed to adopt children, believes it may be part of God's plan if rape victims get pregnant, does not believe the Constitution requires separation of church and state, has advocated withdrawing from the United Nations, and abolishing the EPA and much of the tax code.
"She wants to dissolve the post office and send all her messages through angels, they're everywhere," Stewart joked.
"So here's the thing, Reid is tied with her," Stewart said. "Which can only mean one thing. Nevadans must really hate the EPA...or Harry Reid."
Stewart posits: "In this climate, is there any extreme a Republican can go to that will hurt their chances in November?"
He cites Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell saying "I am not a witch...I'm you," Stewart seems to think O'Donnell's "I am not a witch," ad campaign is the poster child for Anything and Everything Works for Republicans now.
"You're me?" Stewart asked. "Because I don't recall the last time I had to deny I was a witch."
Stewart doesn't mention Sen. Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin comparing rival Ron Johnson and "corporate special interests" to an excessively celebrating NFL player a la Randy Moss mock-mooning the crowd after a touchdown. That ad drew the ire of the NFL for misusing its footage and was pulled. But it got Feingold a day of national media attention.
Will such extremes from the election carry over to Capitol Hill? Say the Republicans take the back Senate too. Stewart looks at who might be the new Senate Majority Leader. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) could fill that role and would be counted on, as Stewart said, "to reign in ideological mustangs like Angle."
What is the middle-of-the-road voter to do?
"It's a peculiar election season," Stewart said, "where once again, Americans are being told just how divided we are as a nation. And how we must pick from one of two doctrinaire choices."
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Editor's note: The original subhead to this story incorrectly referred to Ms. O'Donnell's, "I am a witch" campaign. As her ad clearly states, O'Donnell says that she is not, in fact, a witch.