Thursday, October 05, 2006



I have no doubt Cheney will be as wrong about this as he was about Iraqis greeting Americans with flowers and candies-- and just as sardonic and manipulative for saying it. Unless the Diebold folks have given him ironclad assurances, his statement this morning-- "We will retain control of both houses"-- doesn't sound like something to be taken seriously, except, perhaps by his psychiatrist.

More often than not, just as unreliable as Cheney, Fox is reporting that internal GOP polling data shows that "House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day." They're even catching up to the DWT predictions (30-50 seats move from red to blue).

And Fox isn't the only Republican propaganda tool warning the GOP that the gig is up. For the literary among us, George Will is comparing, most appropriately, the GOP to Sinclair Lewis' iconic Elmer Gantry. And Will's analysis, for the unwashed masses who actually are today's GOP, he just explains Hastert's repulsive appearance on Limbaugh's show: "He seems to be not just confessing a cover-up but also complaining that the cover-up was undone by bad manners. Were it not for Democrats' unsportsmanlike conduct in putting "this thing" forward, it would not be known and would not be disrupting Republicans' storytelling."

The more bizarre fringe of the Republican Noise Machine-- the Coulters and Hannitys and Drudges-- are just manufacturing nonsense about it being a Democratic plot, a gay plot, a crazed page plot. Voters are buying none of this swill. Rasmussen reports that 61% of Americans believe Hastert oversaw a cover-up spanning years. The latest AP/Ipsos Poll says that the scandal and cover-up will be very or extremely important for around half of us when we cast our votes next month. "More troubling for Republicans, the poll found that by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 likely voters says Democrats would be better at combating political corruption than Republicans"... and "disapproval of Bush's handling of the war in Iraq was at 61 percent among likely voters, a slight uptick from the 58 percent who disapproved last month. A majority of likely voters also disapproved of Bush's handling of the war on terrorism, a conclusion that mirrored past attitudes."

On top of that, Tom Reynolds, head of the RNCC, is no longer a viable candidate for re-election and even England's Independent seems more in touch with the reality of American politics these days than Drudge, Coulter, Limbaugh and the rest of Team Rove. "Senior party members are concerned that fallout over the scandal involving a Republican congressman sending sexual e-mail messages to a teenage Capitol Hill intern and growing public concern about the war in Iraq could result in Democrats seizing the House and possibly also the Senate in November's mid-term elections."

TIME Magazine's Poll is even worse. "The poll suggests the Foley affair may have dented Republican hopes of retaining control of Congress in November. Among the registered voters who were polled, 54% said they would be more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress, compared with 39% who favored the Republican-- a margin that has jumped by 11 points from a similar poll conducted in June. That increase may be fueled by the rolling scandal over sexually explicit e-mails sent to teenage pages by Republican Representative Mark Foley. Almost 80% of respondents were aware of the scandal, and only 16% approve of the Republicans' handling of it."

Harry Reid's eloquent response to Hastert's craven and pathetic speech today sounds absolutely devastating to Republican chances of holding on. This Republican Congress has now completely failed the American people. "We knew they wouldn't stand up to big drug companies. We knew they
wouldn't repeal the tax breaks they gave to big oil. But we did expect them to protect our kids. It is now clear we expected too much of them. They are not up to the job of upholding America's values."

Oh, yeah-- and more former pages have come out to say that Foley approached them online with sexual intentions. Drip, drip, drip... These 3 were from 1998, 2000 and 2002. "I was seventeen years old and just returned to [my home state] when Foley began to e-mail me, asking if I had ever seen my page roommates naked and how big their penises were," said the young man from the Class of 2002. Foley invited him over to his home for a blowjob. One of the boys admits to have had sex with Foley after he turned 18.

Have you had enough? There is something you can do about it.


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