Just when they thought it was safe to run on the same old tired themes and memes that many Americans are wise to, the hubris of the GOP has come back to bite them in ass. Big time. Newsweek reports that the ” drip-drip-drip of scandal surrounding the former Congressman from Florida,” Mark Foley, which became a deluge this past week, “now threatens to sink Republican hopes of keeping control of Congress.”
Ah, but was the “good news for the GOP.”
More worrisome still, the Foley fiasco is jeopardizing the party’s monopoly on faith and power. For the first time since 2001, the NEWSWEEK poll shows that more Americans trust the Democrats than the GOP on moral values and the war on terror. Fully 53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power. If the election were held today, 51 percent of likely voters would vote for the Democrat in their district versus 39 percent who would vote for the Republican. And while the race is closer among male voters (46 percent for the Democrats vs. 42 percent for the Republicans), the Democrats lead among women voters 56 to 34 percent.
The Republicans can’t seem to quell the tide on their downward slide, as the news on FoleyGate continues to spiral out of control. Despite the attempts to draw the Democrats into the fray, the public isn’t buying it. Adding insult to injury, Senator John Warner “declared that the United States had 90 days to quell the violence in Iraq, or risk losing the war” and yesterday, “an aide to Karl Rove resigned over the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling and corruption scandal.”
Capping off the implosion of the GOP is the latest low in Dubya approval. Move the limbo poll down a notch or two, Bush’s “approval rating has fallen to a new all-time low for the Newsweek poll: 33 percent, down from an already anemic 36 percent in August.” A whopping 67 percent of those polled say that they are not “satisfied with the direction of the country.”
Further results of the Newsweek poll are equally enlightening. The Foley scandal widen the already cracked credibility gap between the “President, his party and the nation.” Here’s some key points:
The poll also shows that “Democrats now outdistance Republicans on every single issue that could decide voters’ choices come Nov. 7.”
In the blogosphere, Stuart Rothenberg is reporting on Real Clear Politics that “the national atmospherics don’t merely favor Democrats; they set the stage for a blowout of cosmic proportions next month.” Ouch!
There should be no resting on our laurels at this point. Democrats need to keep hammering, harder than ever.