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Saturday, October 04, 2008

GOP Collapsing State by State

With the economic downturn and the need for the Congress to bailout Wall Street the immediate effect is being felt by the GOP in not just the race for President but also in the House and Senate. Support for Republican politicians is not only dropping off but it is appearing to look like a mass evacuation prior to a hurricane.

You don’t have to believe me, just read the posts from many of the main stream media and you see the Tsunami coming for the GOP on November 4th. Even the Washington Post is talking about it now…

GOP Strategists Whisper Fears Of Greater Losses in November

By Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray Staff Writer and Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 4, 2008; Page A11

With the party already struggling to generate enthusiasm for its brand, Republican strategists fear that an outpouring of public anger generated by Congress's struggle to pass a rescue package for the financial industry may contribute to a disaster at the polls for the GOP in November.

"The crisis has affected the entire ticket," said Jan van Lohuizen, a Republican consultant who handled the polling for President Bush's reelection campaign. "The worse the state's economy, the greater the impact."

Republicans are trying to defend at least 18 House seats in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, economic trouble spots that double as election battlegrounds. Rising unemployment, the meltdown in the housing market, and a credit crunch besieging consumers and manufacturers alike were factors in Sen. John McCain's decision Thursday to pull campaign resources out of Michigan. The McCain campaign's exit from the state leaves a pair of vulnerable Republicans, Reps. Tim Walberg and Joe Knollenberg, with a weakened party infrastructure heading into Nov. 4. Attempting to sound optimistic, Knollenberg, who opposed the bailout bill on Monday but supported a revised version yesterday, said simply, "I am going to fight harder."
- Washington Post

I think it would be fair enough to say that the GOP members of the Congress pretty much contributed the most to the mindset that many Independent, Moderate, and even Republican’s voters now have with the $700 Billion bill they just stuffed in each American’s mailbox. It was interesting to see how quickly the GOP and their talking media heads are now trying to say that Democrats are to blame for this financial crisis and yet until the Democrats took control of both houses in the Congress, President Bush had not vetoed even one bill sent to his desk?

Take for instance Rep. Barney Frank, one of the key people that worked very hard to get a consensus in the Congress to save the economic markets. Mind you, this bailout bill effects all of us with not just the cost but the saving of our retirement accounts, investments, and all of our economies. I’m not happy about it but doing nothing was not an option. The biggest critic of Barney Frank was Bill O’Reilly and Barney was not going to be shut up because Bill O’ through a temper tantrum with facts taken out of context.

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What do you think the odds are that Barney Frank or any other Democrat in office will talk to Bill O’Reilly ever again? All of Bill’s shouting and insults to Congressman Frank was down and out rude and ignorant and only proved that he is not a journalist by any means. Bill O' and his outrage also shows that he is the first to point the fingers of blame at anyone as long as it does not point to the GOP. His ranting and raving only showed that he had nothing to add to the dilema ALL Americans face during this financial crisis. Bill O'Reilly is making Fox News and the network look like a tabloid newspaper with all of his extreme irrational anger with many of the people he interviews. If I were Rupert Murdoch I would reign in this whack job cashing my payroll check.

Somebody over at Fox needs to check to see if Billy boy is taking his medications. I have not seen that kind of aggressive behavior since… well matter of fact since Bill O’s last expressive explosion.

Way to go Congressman Barney Frank, you just stepped up to the "Give Em Hell Harry" category of great American leaders!


Special thanks to Memeorandum for the tip to this story in the WaPo!

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