Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: Republicans are reassessing their position following the last primary voting before the fall’s general elections. But I’m wondering in today’s letter to the White House, if Democrats are yet considering all the potential pitfalls ahead…
Dear Mr. President,
The shrew is an astonishing animal. It is tiny; about the size of a mouse, although not related. Soft, grayish-brown fur. It has a pointy little snout; generally eats bugs, seeds, nuts, fruits, and other things like that. And I mean a lot of things like that. Up to three times its body weight in a day. (I had a friend in college who once did that with Domino’s pizza.)
Because it is small and can be found tunneling through your yard if you live in the right place, it is easy for people to confuse it with a mole or a small, harmless rodent of some type. But that is not a mistake you’ll make more than once.
Shrews are to cuddly little critters, what Chucky was to the Cabbage Patch Kids. They are vicious enough to challenge critters that absolutely tower over them. Mean enough to sink their needle teeth into the hand, foot, or paw of any perceived enemy with no apparent regard for whether that foe will then crush them to a tiny pulp.
And at the moment I can’t help but think of them as I watch the election results.
The degree to which unknown, untested, and previously dismissed candidates are successfully ripping holes in the vaunted two-party apparatus is jaw-dropping. The political dare-devilry with which they are charging into races that the DC elite would call off-limits is dazzling. Like the tiny shrew, they are rushing forward with such ferocity that they are putting giants on the run. (I am not comparing them to shrews as a means of demeaning their effort, btw, but rather because I have always found the shrew to be one of nature’s most impressive creatures.)
Your fellow Democrats are delighted, of course. I’ve been watching them crow as the results have come in, certain that this signals a meltdown in Republican hopes for taking the Senate and/or the House; because after all, these “interlopers” are splitting the Republican Party, but will have little or no effect on the Dems. And conventional wisdom says they are right.
But here is a caution I think you might want to put into your pocket: Conventional wisdom, not so long ago, said these “interlopers” would not get their act together enough to make any real impact this fall on anyone. And when you see shrews in your neighbor’s yard, chances are they are even now tunneling into yours…maybe they won’t arrive this year…but…
Just a few thoughts. Hope all is well. Call if you can.
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