In a time when Washington is busy laying the groundwork for possible attacks on Iran, when the nation is facing a housing market crisis with unprecedented foreclosures, when the Senate cannot restore Habeas Corpus or give its military dwell time to rest…
That Mayor Willie Herenton won't debate is a vexation to
opponent Herman Morris, as is the fact that the mayor apparently is willing this
year to go without additional fundraisers or polling or possibly even
conventional campaigning. But what really seems to get Morris' goat is that
Herenton won't submit to a drug test. (Nor, for that matter, has anybody but
Morris himself so far.)
Victory involves apparent sweep of "battleground" states and tier of Midwestern rust-belt states that had been regarded as safely Democratic; Republicans will also keep control of both houses of Congress.