Thursday, October 12, 2006


The GOP's Internal Polls Must Have Been Much Nastier Than They Were Letting On

Otherwise, why would Karl Rove bludgeon Mark Foley out of retiring this year? The conventional wisdom is/was that Foley's seat, prior to the PredatorGate revelations, was so GOP that a ham sandwich could have won it if the sandwich ran as a Republican. Using that logic, if Foley had chosen earlier this year to retire "for health reasons" and left the seat open รก la Tom DeLay, the GOP could have found a replacement, run him/her and kept the seat. For Rove to want Foley to stay in place indicates that Rove must have got some nationwide internal polls back in the spring of this year that were much, MUCH grimmer for the GOP than anything that's been publicly released.

IMO, the Kos diarist left out the *real* money quote in this story:

"I said, 'I thought you wanted out of this?' And he said, 'I do, but they're scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'"

Sounds like Rove is awfully scared of investigations for some reason...
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