Monday, October 02, 2006

Josh Marshall writes:
Foleygate has made it very hard for the leaders of the House GOP to go on the offensive on anything relevant to the election. For political purposes they're basically out of commission. And they've given Democratic challengers in every district around the country a slew of questions with which to pummel GOP incumbents or any Republican, for that matter, who puts his head up on television. This is in the context of an election that was already going very badly for House Republicans. Foleygate has now made them all but politically defenseless in the final stretch of the campaign. And that is a very big deal.
First, we recently witnessed three GOP senators stand up to (for a while anyway) GW regarding torture. Now we see GOP House members pointing the finger at each other regarding Foley's emails. We've seen at least a few Republicans recently call for Rumsfeld's resignation. In his column today, Paul Krugman lists examples of Republican politicians bad-mouthing religious right leaders -- something unthinkable not too long ago.

Folks, by all accounts the Republican Party is imploding, fast and furious. Built like a house of cards, it was just a matter of time.

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