Tuesday, November 7, 2006

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The ultimate election day surprise

Over the weekend, I blogged at Open U. about possible last-minute October surprises for the midterms.

Well, if the Dems do worse than expected in today's midterms, I think we know who to blame:

From TMZ.com:
TMZ obtained the legal papers, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences." In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, one-year old Sean Preston and two-month old Jayden James, with Federline getting reasonable visitation rights.

As for money, sources tell TMZ the couple, who married in Oct. 2004, has an iron-clad prenup. Not surprisingly, Spears is waiving her right to spousal support. She's also asking the judge to make each party pay their own attorney's fees.

Spears gives the date of separation as yesterday, the same day she flaunted her incredible revamped physique during a surprise appearance on David Letterman's show. Sources tell TMZ there was no single reason for Britney pulling the plug, rather, it was "a string of events."

This is perfect timing for the GOP. She's demonstrated her love of George W. Bush in the past. Now consider the following chain of events:
1) Her divorce will fire up Andrew Sullivan to point out -- again -- how Britney has defiled the institution of marriage more than any gay man ever could.

2) This in turn fires up the conservative base over at NRO's The Corner.

3) In the next three hours, a outpouring of social conservatives forget the Ted Haggard follies and vote for the GOP

4) At the same time, under-30 voters -- considered to be overwhelmingly Democratic -- decide not to vote in favor of surfing the web to find out how the young Ms. Spears is looking doing.

5) The combined effects push the Republicans to actually pick up seats in Congress and in state capitols.

It's genius. Pure genius.

posted by Dan on 11.07.06 at 05:24 PM


The turnout of the under-30 voters is unclear (we won't know true turnout figures for a long time - exit polls are terrible for calculating turnout rates, since by design they only measure the people who _voted_) - but if I were GOP-leaning I would hold off on the under-30 slurs for a while, and start working on damage control for the future. Looking at the close races in the CNN exit polls, it looks like the under-30 vote put a lot of Republicans out of a job yesterday. If Burns does lose in Montana, it's going to be in large part because of the under-30 vote.

posted by: ZC on 11.07.06 at 05:24 PM [permalink]

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