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Dems Leaving GOP Bloodied at Polls

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Posted on Oct 10, 2006

Four national surveys on Oct. 9 confirm that Democrats enjoy huge 20-point leads over GOP’ers in the upcoming elections. Also:

  • NYT: Dems pull even to GOP’ers for first time in terrorism-handling ratings

  • USA Today: 54% say GOP’ers acted for “political reasons” in Foleygate

  • Wash Po: Bush is at 39%

  • CNN: 52% think Hastert should resign

  • N.Y. Times:

    Americans say that Republican Congressional leaders put their political interests ahead of protecting the safety of teenage pages, and that House leaders knew of Mark Foley’s sexually charged messages to pages well before he was forced to quit Congress, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

    The poll, completed before North Korea announced that it had detonated its first nuclear test, also found that the war in Iraq was continuing to take a toll on President Bush and the Republican Party, and that the White House was having difficulty retaining its edge in handling terrorism.

    The number of Americans who approve of Mr. Bush’s handling of the campaign against terrorism dropped to 46 percent from 54 percent in the past two weeks, suggesting that he failed to gain any political lift from an orchestrated set of ceremonies marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition, the poll shows that Americans are now evenly divided over which party they think can better handle terrorism, the first time in the Bush presidency that Democrats have matched Republicans on national security, despite a concerted White House effort to seize the advantage on the issue this month.


    USA Today:

    Two-thirds of those in the poll said they are following the page scandal very or somewhat closely. More than half—54%—said GOP leaders who knew about Foley’s actions for months or years did not act against Foley earlier “for political reasons.” By 43%-36%, they said House Speaker Dennis Hastert should resign.


    Washington Post:

    President Bush’s approval rating, which rose to 42 percent in September after an anti-terrorism offensive marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, registered 39 percent in the latest poll. The percentage of respondents who said they strongly disapprove of his performance is about double the number who strongly approve. This disparity in voter intensity could have implications for turnout on Nov. 7, since impassioned voters are most likely to go to the polls.



    bout half of Americans believe the scandal over former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley’s contacts with teenage congressional pages should cost House Speaker Dennis Hastert his leadership post, according to a CNN poll released Monday.

    The poll, conducted Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corp., found that 52 percent of the 1,028 adults interviewed think Hastert should step aside. Thirty-one percent said they think he should keep his post, and 17 percent had no opinion.


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    By Paul M Smith, October 11, 2006 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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    I seem to do some of my clearest thinking while water is running over my head in the shower. Trying problems get solved almost miraculously, seemingly intuitively, and revelations come in a flash.

    Yesterday I was so dumbstruck by a concept I almost fell out of the tub.

    Regardless what the champion of lies, spin, & dirty tricks (Karl Rove) trys to foist on the American public about the Repugnants holding on to Congress in the upcoming elections, numerous polls point to an opposite conclusion. Perhaps his cohorts in the papertrailess electronic voting machine industry have given him some inside information that the ‘fix’ is in once again, a serious probability considering the highly suspect results of the previous two presidential elections. With 28 states mandating the laws of their lands require a paper record it should make it much more difficult to steal another election, but very likely not impossible (I am very interested in seeing a comparison of exit poll accuracy between states requiring a paper record and those who don’t).

    Disregarding Rove’s attempt to project a positive outlook on the results of the upcoming elections for he and his treasonous un-patriotic cronies, all reasonable signs point to a Democratic take-over of the House & possibly the Senate also. Americans, finally, seem to have become suspicious & distrustful of the current administration, and it looks like they will carry this anger with them to the polling booths.

    Should the Democrats effect the probable take-over (or take-back) of congress we might all be in line for a first, and I’m not talking about one side or the other being able to regain control of the government. This has happened numerous times in our history, and can be attributed to the pendulum swinging out to the extremes of radical right or left always reaching equilibrium somewhere near the center wherein the true majority opinions reside.

    Here is the first. Should Democrats take control there is the very real possibility Bush & Cheney could not only find themselves impeached, but standing in the docket on criminal charges as well. The speaker of the house could very well end up being Nancy Pelosi, and since this position assumes the presidency in an instance when the president & vice-president become ‘un-available’, we could actually witness our first woman President of the United States. I doubt that even on her worst day she wouldn’t mis-manage this country as badly as BushCo has done.

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    By sparks, October 11, 2006 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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    The same type of mentality that kept the communist in power in russia for seven decades is the same that continues to support the current mob in washington, self interest, greed .

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    By kevin99999, October 10, 2006 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment
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    Who are these idiots that comprise 39% who are still supporting Bush?

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    By Fadel Abdallah, October 10, 2006 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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    Some people think it’s the Nuks, but I think it’s the inflated elephant! Please read! It is intended to make you laugh; however it’s not bad if makes you start thinking.

    The Story of Two Elephants!

    Since I landed on the shores of this country 30 years ago, I’ve been wondering why in the world would any party take the elephant as its symbol! The few times I asked about the meaning of that symbol, I got no answer! So I decided to stop asking and began to imagine possible answers: Is it because it has thick skin? Is it because it’s fat and slow? I really would appreciate an informed response, especially from an elephant-follower or worshipper.

    After lately seeing a picture of elephants from the back and watching the news about the ugliness of those who have the elephant as their symbol, I have come to the conclusion that elephants are really ugly animals, especially when viewed from the back! A terrible smell can kill you!

    This connects me to a historical event recorded in the Qur’an. There is a Chapter on the “People of the Elephant.” Those were Christians from South Yemen of pre-Islam Arabia. They were envious of the pagan people of Mecca for having the Holy Sanctuary, called the Ka’bah, located in their city, which was attracting the trading caravans between ancient China and Arabia. They decided to invade Mecca with a huge army headed by their leader mounting on a single elephant, in order to destroy the Ka’bah. The Qur’an says that, miraculously, God sent upon them hosts of heavenly birds which belted the army with pebbles causing its destruction and defeat. This took place in the year 570/71; the same year Prophet Muhammad was born.
    Could it be that history would repeat itself?! That time it was the people of one elephant invading Mecca and destroyed miraculously by God. This time another people with large numbers of uglier, wilder and more destructive elephants invading neighboring Iraq, and being defeated, slowly but steadily, by outnumbered, and out equipped courageous bunch of freedom fighters! Soon history will give its answer! And some people might start again believing in miracles.

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    By Mike, October 10, 2006 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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    Yup, its the nukes allright.

    The sames ones that should NOT have been allowed to detonate through competent diplomacy.

    In 30 days the fat, drunk, little Korean pig is going to deflate the Foley traction and the GOP is going to lose by a much wider margin than previously thought.

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    By felicity, October 10, 2006 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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    Those numbers are consoling, however a few hours ago Karl Rove declared that Republicans would continue to be in the majority in the House and Senate following the November elections. 

    Rove is not known for idle remarks.

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    By chuck, October 10, 2006 at 11:06 am Link to this comment
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    It’s the Nukes CNN
    It’s the Nukes Useless A Today
    It’s the Nukes New York Slimes
    It’s the Nukes Washed Up Post
    It’s the Nukes Dingy Harry
    It’s the Nukes,
    It’s the Nukes,
    It’s the Nukes,
    It’s the Nukes Stupid!

    In 30 days the fat, drunk, little Korean pig is going to defate your Foley traction and you will lose by a narrow margin. Enjoy.

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