- 6 Oct 06, 12:32 AM
This sex stuff is a trap for the Democrats: the case against the Republicans looks so bad, so utterly unanswerable, that the pressure is on the Democrats to win big in the elections on 7th November.
If they fail to deliver they surely go up in flames - this view confirmed to me a few minutes ago in a conversation with a former staffer in the Clinton White House who added these prophetic words: "Never underestimate our ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."
The fact is that the Democrats are not exactly cruising ahead through the force of their arguments or the huge attractiveness of their policies. They are at the moment the beneficiaries of a series of mess ups on the other side - as Jay Leno put it: "This is the worst thing to happen to the Republicans since last Thursday..."
Before the last presidential election I remember someone saying that by the time Karl Rove had done his work no-one would know whose side John Kerry fought on in the Vietnam war; at the time it seemed implausible but...
Well watch out for the same again - I predict that the Democrats will get the blame for this in the end and not quite know how to avoid it.
Justin Webb is the BBC's chief North America radio correspondent.
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