Thursday, July 26, 2007

GOP Expects More Bad News in 2008

This story from the Washington, D.C., paper The Hill may be good news for those of us who’ve argued over the last six years that George W. Bush and his fellow Republican’ts will eventually be punished by American voters. But it’s got to send some serious shivers up the backbones of GOP candidates for national office. To quote reporter Jim Snyder:
Nine months after Republicans were routed in the midterm elections, campaign observers, K Street lobbyists and political experts say there is little evidence the party can rebound in 2008.

The same bad news--the president’s low approval ratings, opposition to the war in Iraq, and the lingering taint of congressional scandal, from the Jack Abramoff investigation to Sen. David Vitter’s (La.) involvement with the alleged “D.C. Madam”--leave observers skeptical that the GOP can dent Democratic majorities, let alone reclaim power in the next election.

“The only thing that has changed is that everything that was bad got worse,” said Bernadette Budde, political director of the Business Industry Political Action Committee. BIPAC supports business-friendly candidates of both parties, though most of the group’s donations go to Republicans.

If the election were held today, “We’d be lucky to hold our own,” one House Republican said.
Snyder writes that “leading indicators suggest Democrats will win the White House and both the House and Senate for the first time since 1994. Most sources doubt a repeat of 2006, when Republicans dropped 30 seats in the House,” but he adds, “a Democratic pick-up of a few seats in the Senate, for example, when coupled with taking the White House, would have serious implications for major issues like global warming, stem cell research and judicial appointments.” From my perspective, that’s all to the good. Fingers crossed.

Read all of The Hill’s story here.

READ MORE:Republican Support Collapses Among Youth,” by Taegan Goddard (Political Wire).

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