by Max Brantley
Pretty good roundup in New York Times of the successful two-year effort by Republicans to retake the House, an effort that combined huge outside money controlled by Karl Rove, making a positive of being negative and far better planning and messaging than the Democrats could muster. The strategy also included guerilla attacks on long-term congressmen in hopes of pushing some to retire.
In response to a question: No, I don't think the infamous Graffiti's restaurant ambush of U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder and his tearful wife by a wealthy Republican doctor's wife was a planned guerilla attack. Just call it cocktail kismet. But Snyder did announce his retirement three months later and an anti-Snyder Karl Rove acolyte was elected in his place. I do wonder if the girls gathered at Graffiti's to celebrate Tuesday night.