Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Political Wire: Corruption Links Doubts About Republicans

Political Wire: Corruption Links Doubts About Republicans:
'The lobbyists got their way on an energy bill that gave oil companies more subsidies while doing nothing about high gas prices and home heating; a prescription drug bill that helped the drug companies but gave seniors higher prices and confused plans; and in Iraq, no-bid contracts for Halliburton, fined millions for overcharging the military, costing billions in wasted spending. The Republicans are at the center of a lobbying scandal in Washington that has hurt average Americans.'

A new Democracy Corps poll shows the extent of the problem for Republicans:

* Democrats enjoy a very stable 8-point lead in the generic congressional battles – and a stable lead in the Senate and House contests (using incumbent names) – that has not changed since September of last year.
* Just 31 percent say the country is headed in the right direction, the lowest level for years, with 60 percent wanting a new direction.
* Just 38 percent want to continue Bush’s direction for the country – almost at the low point on that indicator.
* Feelings about the Republican Congress have fallen to their lowest level.
* Independents break overwhelmingly against the Republicans and the direction of Congress: only 16 percent want to continue the direction of Congress.
The Repugs losing one of the houses of congress to the Dems is Bush's worst nightmare. Suddenly, the rule of law will reimpose itself on the executive branch and subpoenaes will rain down on the Reps heads, followed by more indictments than even the Reagan or Nixon years saw, possibly combined! 2006 may become will be the greatest challenge point in the history of the United States.

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