And here’s Ralph Reed from today’s symposium:
Republicans can (and I believe will) retain their majorities in both houses of Congress in the 2006 elections by focusing on the three t’s: taxes, terrorism, and turnout. The Bush tax cuts are scheduled to end and a Democrat Congress will not renew them, meaning a massive tax increase on working families and small businesses. In the war on terror, Democrats advocate a policy of weakness and vacillation, while the Republicans have a forward strategy of fighting terrorists around the world so it is harder for them to attack the United States. On values, the GOP has confirmed new Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito and stood up for the institution of marriage. Finally, if Republican voters turn out as they did in 2002 and 2004, they will confound the pollsters yet again. Democrats have turned out in 36 out of 39 primaries in 2006 at a level lower than the average of the last 20 years. While primary turnout is not always predictive, it indicates that Democrats are not going to the polls in the numbers many pollsters are predicting. This is a challenging and competitive environment for Republicans, but I believe this game plan will give the GOP a surprising victory.