For a dozen years now, the Republican Party has been large and in charge on Capitol Hill. By September, 2006 — with a rough war effort in Iraq and not much to show on immigration, earmarks, Abramoff and deficits — the GOP looked in trouble for the midterm election.
The President was fighting, with some success, on the national security issue, but the National Intelligence estimate gave him headwinds and Bob Woodward was unveiling deep internal divisions. Then, last Friday, came Mark Foley — Republican congressman and pornographic e-mailer to teenage pages.
Now, all bets are off. Republicans themselves are mad.
Hear about the Republican majority on the line and the Republican leadership in trouble.
Quotes from the Show:
"The Foley scandal has been a big boulder in the pond of Republican politics." Janet Hook
"We [GOP] have the House [this November]." Tim Reynolds.
"This [Foley] scandal has come at the wrong time for the Republicans." Matthew Continetti
John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion research and consulting company
Janet Hook, political correspondent for The Los Angeles Times.
Thomas M. Reynolds R-NY, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He is the House Representative for New York's 26th district
Richard Viguerie, longtime conservative activist, founder of the Conservative Digest magazine, and author of "Conservatives Betrayed: How George W Bush and other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause."
Matthew Continetti, Associate Editor of Weekly Standard and author of "The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine."
This program aired on October 5, 2006.