Monday, October 09, 2006

The Foley Affair: Is it time for Hastert to go?

By Michael J.W. Stickings

According to a new CNN poll, over half of Americans (52 percent) think Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert should resign over his handling of Mark Foley's sexual misconduct (whether for actions or inaction before or after the story broke is unclear). A majority of Americans (52 percent) also "believe the GOP leadership didn't investigate the charges earlier because they were deliberately covering the scandal up".

Both numbers should be higher, but such is the intense partisanship that not even revelations of sexual predation and denials thereof can penetrate.

The poll also puts Bush's approval rating at 39 percent, Congress's at 28 percent.

But these are the key numbers looking ahead to November: "Fifty-eight percent of likely voters say they plan to vote for Democrats in November, compared with 37 percent who say they'll vote GOP," a 21-point divide.


USA Today has even worse numbers for the GOP: 37 percent for Bush, 24 percent for Congress, and a 23-point lead for Democrats.

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  • one thing has been particularly buggersome to me about this whole thing is how the GOP's spin doctors seem hellbent on focusing on the relationships with young BOYS,somehow demonizing homosexuality and using it as an excuse,rather than the real cruxof the issue: that the relationships were inappropriate and that the Republican higher-ups apparently played ostrich...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:10 PM  

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