The Mark Foley imbroglio is drowning out Bush’s cut-and-run rhetoric and even Bob Woodward’s revelations, say many analysts.
Again, we think this is a completely unsatisfactory way for the Democrats to win in November, but que sera, sera.
President George W. Bush’s campaign strategy of painting Democrats as soft on terrorism has been stalled by a congressional sex scandal, jeopardizing Republican hopes of holding the House of Representatives, analysts say.
Analysts said the timing of the scandal, a month before the November 7 elections, could be trouble for Republicans who already have been feeling heat from voters over the Iraq war.
“This is a really serious problem for the Republicans right now,” said Merle Black, a political scientist professor at Emory University in Atlanta. “We don’t know how this is going to play out. We’re a month away from the election. But right now, it’s a major problem for the Republican leadership.”