Thursday, January 05, 2006

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

The extent of the Abramoff network and its effect on the midterm elections remains TBD. The multifaceted scandal may prove big enough to fuel a general anti-incumbent sentiment: 79% of the public thinks both parties are equally to blame for such ethical lapses, per the December NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, and although various state Democratic parties are highlighting local GOP officials' ties to Abramoff, we noticed that the party's House and Senate campaign committees refrained from jumping on the news yesterday, probably waiting to see what names (and party affiliations) come out.
Now I recognize that any poll associated with the tools at the WSJ is likely to be skewed, either by the wording of the question or the sample population (or by moving that teensy decimal point one place over), but the MSNBC article cited above is indicative of the spinning points at play.