Republicans See Storm Clouds Gathering

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  1. KenH

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    Republicans See Storm Clouds Gathering

    Week of Bad News Highlights Difficult Challenges for GOP in Fall Elections

    [SIZE=-1]By Jonathan Weisman
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, March 16, 2008; A05
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    [/SIZE]While all eyes were on the presidential campaign and the demise of New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer (D) last week, Republicans on Capitol Hill were suffering a run of bad news that could hold dire implications for the campaign season.

    It started with the loss last weekend of the seat held for two decades by former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). It got worse when Republicans lost potentially strong challengers to Democratic senators in South Dakota and New Jersey, and failed to field anyone to oppose the reelection bid of Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

    The latest blow came with the revelation that the former treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had allegedly diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars -- and possibly as much as $1 million -- from the organization's depleted coffers to his own bank accounts.

    If Republicans needed any more evidence of how difficult this fall may be, the past week had it all, analysts said. The Illinois race demonstrated new levels of disaffection, the party's efforts to go on offense elsewhere were thwarted by recruiting failures, and the NRCC scandal will divert campaign resources and could frighten off badly needed contributors, they said.

    "It's no mystery," said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.). "You have a very unhappy electorate, which is no surprise, with oil at $108 a barrel, stocks down a few thousand points, a war in Iraq with no end in sight and a president who is still very, very unpopular. He's just killed the Republican brand."

    Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan analyst of congressional politics, said: "The math is against them. The environment is against them. The money is against them. This is one of those cycles that if you're a Republican strategist, you just want to go into the bomb shelter."

    - rest at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/15/AR2008031502047_pf.html
     
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    This article is a redirection to attempt to take the eyes of the DNC implosion going on as we speak.
     
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    Here in Arkansas there is hardly a Republican Party to speak of now. They are not contesting any of the three Congressional Democrats nor our Democratic U.S. senator who are standing for re-election. And they are hardly running anybody to contest Democrats for seats in the state legislature.

    The only thing the GOP has in Arkansas basically is an uncontested Congressional seat in the northwest corner of the state. That's it.
     
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    Did you say the same thing about the RNC when the Reagan-Ford race took place in 1976?

    The competition has made both candidates even better candidates. Either one will defeat Senator McCain.
     
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    Even though this may initially weaken the party in the end it coud be good for McCain if he vows to reform the GOP. Picking up the blood stained banner and marching in front of the parties smokey ruins could bring back memories of the strengths the GOP showed duing 9/11 and be a big plus for McCain.

    Or not...
     

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