Think Progress is reporting that there are now 16 tea partiers that are challenging GOP incumbents and recruits. Most of the races appear to be in the House, so this is great news for Democrats. Last week it was reported that the NRCC is facing some serious troubles raising cash for the elections, and if they have primary battles to worry about then it will drain the already depleted coffers. I bet there is some bit panic going on now in the inner GOP circles.
The NRCC is suffering some serious problems, not a good thing on an election year. Not only do they have the criminal investigation into accounting practices going on and an alarming number of incumbents opting to not seek re-election, but now they have lost their communications director.
61%. That is the number of American adults who believe the Republican leadership has been covering for Foley. That is from the latest Rasmussen poll.
Other interesting numbers include:
- 61% say they are following the Foley story somewhat or very closely.
- 47% will vote for a Democrat this fall as opposed to only 34% who will vote Republican (Democrats up 5-8 points from August).
- 45% would allow their child to serve as a House page and 35% would not.
The Republicans are in big time trouble and it is no one's fault but theirs. They have tried to cover for Foley, it has now become public knowledge and Americans are interested. In turn the scandal has provided severe damage to the page program and to the Republicans chance of holding power this fall.
The news right now is that Republicans are defending Hastert and other leaders, but if this bad news continues then they will have to turn on him for their own self survival. They say these races are all local, but something as powerful as the Foley scandal will help overshadow even local politics. Already returning incumbents are facing tough questions on Foley and those are the first questions asked.
To sum it up - America wants answers - answers the Republican party does not want to give. Our government is "by the people for the people" and if the Republicans don't want to answer to the people then they will be fired. This is there mess. Democrats had absolutely nothing to do with it, no matter how hard the Republicans try to spin it that way. The American people know that, but the Republican party is once again in denial of what their constituents are thinking. There is no doubt that they are not a party meant to lead.
It looks like the Democrats now have a plan to force the Republicans to put their money where their mouths are:
Campaign strategists seek intraparty consensus by focusing on accountability rather than Iraq troop withdrawals. A “no-confidence” vote in Pentagon chief, which Democratic lawmakers might offer on defense spending legislation, could embarrass Bush while appealing to Republicans who defend ousting Saddam but criticize war’s execution.
One House Republican predicts leaders would heed White House urgings to block a vote. But a Republican consultant says some incumbents may embrace idea for distance from war setbacks.
In private comments to top aides, Rumsfeld signals he plans to remain through Bush’s term.
If the Republican leadership does attempt to block this, then it should really send a signal to not only our citizens, but more importantly, our troops. One thing you never hear in D.C. is "wow Rumsfeld is doing a heckuva job". There's a reason for that - everyone knows he isn't. Considering we are in this long "struggle against Islamic extremism", shouldn't our security demand the highest of standards at the Department of Defense? Not in the eyes of the White House or the Republican leadership. They put partisan ship above security every chance they get.
What is really interesting is that Rumsfeld is planning to stay through Bush's term. What happened to him asking numerous times to resign? I guess when you consider the source, and his track record of flat out lying to the American people, you need to take statements like that with a grain of salt.
Rumsfeld does not know what he is doing and is a key reason why Iraq has turned into the quagmire it is today. That is not my words - that is the words of some of this countries top generals.
The tides are still turning in the country:
Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski, whose perceived missteps over the past four years have turned him into one of the most unpopular governors in state history, soundly lost his bid for re-election after finishing last in a hotly contested three-way race for the Republican nomination.
With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Sarah Palin, a former Wasilla mayor, won the GOP nod with 51 percent of the vote. Former state legislator John Binkley came in second with 30 percent. Murkowski polled just 19 percent.
Murkowski shook Palin's hand in the middle of a crowd of her supporters, all waving signs. "Congratulations, you've got my support. I'll do everything to see that you're elected," Murkowski told her.
Murkowski is the second lowest rated Governor in the country according to SUSA. He is just two points above the lowest, the governor of my state, Bob Taft (currently at 17%). Luckily Alaska had the chance to tell Murkowski that he sucks and send him packing. This is Taft's final term in office, so we just get to send him packing via the system of term limits (hell - at least he is gone).
What Kos says:
The other big story of the night is that three -- count 'em -- THREE incumbents lost tonight. There are foul omens indeed for incumbents everywhere. People are pissed, they're not happy, and they want change.
In GA-04, Hank Johnson crushed McKinney 59-41.
In MI-07, Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz lost to Tim Walberg 55-45.
And of course, there's CT-Sen.
Americans want a new direction and they are showing that now where it counts - at the polls. We need a Donald Trump right about now - "You're Fired"!
Today Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee made a statement that would lead us to believe the DSCC, whose mission is to get more Democrats elected to Senate, would support Joe Lieberman if he was defeated in the August primary and forced to run as an Independent.
I added a new Get Active item today to sign a petition by Ned Lamont urging Joe Lieberman to back Lamont should Lamont win in August. Lamont has already made the promise to Joe.
Jane has much more on what can be done. If the DSCC is worried more about protecting incumbents then helping Democrats get elected then they have no respect for a democracy. The people who identify themselves as Democrats elect the next candidate for a seat, not the DSCC. If this is the avenue the DSCC is taking then they can go to hell. I will not donate another single dollar to them until they show they are fully behind Democrats and not their buddies.
We now have at least one republican in Senate joining the fight with
Democrats to investigate the pre-war intelligence. That Senator is none other
than John McCain:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as a leading opponent of the
Bush administrationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s policy on interrogating detainees in the war on
terrorism, wants Senate investigators to interview senior administration
officials about their statements regarding the threat posed by Saddam
Hussein before the war.
McCain backed Democratic calls for interviews of top-level administration
officials in an interview last week. But his position is at odds with many
in his party, including Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), whom McCain
may face in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.
Lawmakers facing a difficult reelection in 2006 and have an eye on the
2008 presidential election seem torn between McCain and their party line.
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), a centrist Republican on the Senate Intelligence
Committee who is one of the chamberÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s most vulnerable incumbents, said he
would reserve judgment on whether senior administration officials should
testify before the intelligence panel. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who is
also expected to run for president in 2008, noted that Roberts is his
home-state colleague and deferred comment until he learned more about the