Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Of course Democrats are not calling for Hastert's resignation over Foley...it's better for them if he stays!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Of course Democrats are not calling for Hastert's resignation over Foley...it's better for them if he stays!

This is from FOX NEWS a few days ago:
Internal Poll Suggests Hastert Could Devastate GOP

WASHINGTON — House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day, according to internal polling data from a prominent GOP pollster, FOX News has learned.

"The data suggests Americans have bailed on the speaker," a Republican source briefed on the polling data told FOX News. "And the difference could be between a 20-seat loss and 50-seat loss."

Most GOP lawmakers have stood by Hastert, pending a full airing of the facts in his handling of the Mark Foley affair, in which the former Florida representative was caught exchanging salacious messages with teen pages in Congress. The new polling data, however, suggests that many voters already have made up their minds.

The GOP source told FOX News that the internal data had not been widely shared among Republican leaders, but as awareness of it spreads calculations about Hastert's tenure may change.

Then there is yesterday's published Newsweek poll:

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.

I call this the "Mama Bear" factor. Nothing will piss a woman off more than if she thinks her kids are threatened! Some of those woman are going to be difficult votes to win back in just 4 weeks.

And more revelations via The Washington Post and ABC:
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's chief of staff confronted then-Rep. Mark Foley about his inappropriate social contact with male pages well before the speaker said aides in his office took any action, a current congressional staff member with personal knowledge of Foley and his behavior with pages said yesterday.

The staff member said Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer, met with the Florida Republican at the Capitol to discuss complaints about Foley's behavior toward pages. The alleged meeting occurred long before Hastert says aides in his office dispatched Rep. John M. Shimkus (R-Ill.) and the clerk of the House in November 2005 to confront Foley about troubling e-mails he had sent to a Louisiana boy.

Sadly, this is a gift that just keeps on giving.

The Republican pundits and members of the "unbiased" mainstream media who are attempting to pass-off the fantasy that Democrats are the ones calling for Hastert's resignation don't understand the most basic of concepts, "If it works, don't fix it."

The Democrats allowing the Repubs to fight among themselves is working just fine.


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