Today, the Washington Post has additional reporting on what transpired on Election Day in Maryland, where the GOP candidates for governor and U.S. Senate tried to mislead voters into thinking they were Democrats.
The Post story does not mention the comments made by defeated Senate candidate Michael Steele over the weekend on C-SPAN (h/t Thomas Nephew).
In an appearance with Democratic operative Donna Brazile (beginning at the 22:38 mark), Steele responded to criticism from a caller about campaign signs that read "Steele Democrat":
Let me just me cut you off because you are way, way off base, as usual. People seem to forget the phrase Reagan Democrats. . . . That's the same thing I did. You know, I had a number of Democrat friends . . . a host of Democrats from across the state support me and I call them Steele Democrats. I find it rather amusing that people get upset about that, acting as if that was some new invention or new term. It's based off of Reagan Democrats, the same concept. And I thought it was even more clever because not only were they "Steele Democrats" but they're "Still Democrats." So it was fun.
At that point, Brazile raised the issue of the misleading sample ballots that were distributed by the Steele campaign, to which Steele responded:
Again, I have to laugh at that because I find that that's somewhat amusing. That's the same tactic that the Democrats have used in previous campaigns against each other, and I borrowed from that . . .
When Brazile pointed out that many blacks were offended by the Steele campaign literature, Steele conceded that it may not have translated well.
Americans aren't frustrated about Iraq, as the President says. They are appalled:
While no one knows how many Iraqis have died, daily tallies of violent deaths by The Associated Press average nearly 45 a day. About half of them are unidentified bodies discovered on city streets or floating in the Tigris River.
The United Nations estimates about 100 violent deaths daily. The Iraqi health minister last week put civilian deaths over the entire 44 months since the U.S. invasion at about 150,000 -- close to the U.N. figure and about three times the previously accepted estimates of 45,000 to 50,000.
In morgues across Iraq where capacity stretches beyond thin, bodies are even being turned away.
"We have to reject them," Hadi al-Itabi of the morgue in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, said he told men who turned in the bodies of six slain border policeman last week. "We just don't have enough cold storage."
Iraq's bureaucracy of death is overwhelmed.
Like the President, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) thinks that Americans are just discouraged. McCain used the word "frustrated" or its variation seven times today in his appearance today on Meet the Press in talking about Iraq and the midterm elections.
The Republicans' attitude on this is the same now as it was before the elections: if Americans would just buck up, we could win this war.