Sunday, February 05, 2006

Are Republicans At Risk To Lose Control Of Congress? Ask A Republican ...

Tim Russert, speaking to new House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), on today's edition of NBC's Meet The Press:

This was Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Friends, we’re in trouble. A poll was done last weekend in our 25 most vulnerable districts, and trust me it doesn’t look good.”

And then this from Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN): “Duke Cunningham, Jack Abramoff and the ongoing and disgusting saga of abuse of power and public trust are not made up by the Democrats. We were put in power to be different. What has happened to us? Our entire philosophy is at risk because the American people, and even a large percent of our own supporters, think we have been corrupted as a party. Our re-election numbers are now lower than the Democrats’ were in ‘94. When voters in swing districts were asked, the two things they associated with our Republican Congress were Iraq and corruption.”

5 Comments:

Anonymous trinity said...

More doom and gloom. Some weak-kneed Republicans are starting to believe the Left's wishful thinking. If they keep this up, I might vote against them myself, just on GPs. ;)

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

Or maybe people are starting to pay attention to ACTIONS, instead of WORDS AND SPIN. Maybe they're looking for RESULTS, rather than FAILED POLICIES and their requisite MARKETING CAMPAIGNS.

Maybe the core that Bush has played to at the SCRIPTED town hall meetings -- the 33% of America that are TRUE BELIEVERS -- are the ones who are alone in their FICTIONAL WORLD, while the growing majority are in the REALITY-BASED UNIVERSE.

Just a possibility, of course.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left's wishful thinking?
Maybe Trinity you should read every major poll of recent weeks showing people by a comfortable majority favoring Democrats in control of congress and not Republicans. I'm sorry Trinity, but fact-starved baseless Rush Limbaugh style spin does not work here.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Anonymous said...
"Left's wishful thinking?
Maybe Trinity you should read every major poll of recent weeks showing people by a comfortable majority favoring Democrats in control of congress and not Republicans."


Anonymous, as I mentioned before, polls are funny things, and I'm very cynical of them. I say this because often times, when I'm able to find the actual questions that were used in the poll, I find that they are framed in such a way as to elicit a pre-determined response.

That being said, however, I think you will find that politics is very often cyclical in nature, and after several years of one party's majority in Congress, people may indeed be ready for change.

Also, I think a case might even be made that the government can actually work better when the same party doesn't control both houses of Congress AND the White House. I think the Clinton years are a good example of that. I think it just promotes a healthier environment.

Still, we can probably agree that the only poll that really counts, is the one in November, at election time. If my party takes a severe beating at that time, I guess I will have to concede that you were right, and I was wrong. Will will just have to see.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Thats supposed to read, "WE will just have to see". :)

12:48 PM  

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