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I believe our own Mitch McConnell might have a copy for you to borrow. Mitch Mcconnell: Your Monthly Unsubstantiated Republican Outing - Wonkette

The local blogs and undercurrent are somewhat less kind.


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Anybody besides me suspect that Nugent posts in OT? At the very least, he reads it.

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Anybody besides me suspect that Nugent posts in OT? At the very least, he reads it.
I am sure he owns a Mercedes or two. That and the fact he is foaming at the mouth political zealot makes him a surefire OT prospect. Excuse me, I have to go wipe my mouth.
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A Scandal-Scarred G.O.P. Asks, ‘What Next?’

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 — Scott Reed, a Republican strategist, was at a dinner in Philadelphia on Monday night when his cellphone and Internet pager began beeping like crazy. Only later did he learn why. His party was buzzing with news of a sex scandal involving a Republican United States senator — again.

Just when Republicans thought things could not get any worse, Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho confirmed that he had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct after an undercover police officer accused him of soliciting sex in June in a Minneapolis airport restroom. On Tuesday, Mr. Craig, 62, held a news conference to defend himself, calling the guilty plea “a mistake” and declaring, “I am not gay” — even as the Senate Republican leadership asked for an Ethics Committee review.

It was a bizarre spectacle, and only the latest in a string of accusations of sexual foibles and financial misdeeds that have landed Republicans in the political equivalent of purgatory, the realm of late-night comic television.

Forget Mark Foley of Florida, who quit the House last year after exchanging sexually explicit e-mail messages with under-age male pages, or Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist whose dealings with the old Republican Congress landed him in prison. They are old news, replaced by a fresh crop of scandal-plagued Republicans, men like Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, whose phone number turned up on the list of the so-called D.C. Madam, or Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska and Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona, both caught up in F.B.I. corruption investigations.

It is enough to make a self-respecting Republican want to tear his hair out in frustration, especially as the party is trying to defend an unpopular war, contain the power of the new Democratic majority on Capitol Hill and generate some enthusiasm among voters heading toward the presidential election in 2008.

“The real question for Republicans in Washington is how low can you go, because we are approaching a level of ridiculousness,” said Mr. Reed, sounding exasperated in an interview on Tuesday morning. “You can’t make this stuff up. And the impact this is having on the grass-roots around the country is devastating. Republicans think the governing class in Washington are a bunch of buffoons who have total disregard for the principles of the party, the law of the land and the future of the country.”

Then again, Washington does not have a monopoly on the latest trend among Republicans. Just ask Thomas Ravenel, the state treasurer of South Carolina, who had to step down as state chairman of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign after he was indicted on cocaine charges in June.

Or Bob Allen, a state representative in Florida who was jettisoned from the John McCain campaign last month after he was arrested on charges of soliciting sex in a public restroom.

Mr. Craig, for his part, has severed ties with the Mitt Romney campaign, despite his public declaration on Tuesday that “I did nothing wrong.”

In an interview Tuesday on “Kudlow and Company” on CNBC, Mr. Romney could not distance himself fast enough. “Once again, we’ve found people in Washington have not lived up to the level of respect and dignity that we would expect for somebody that gets elected to a position of high influence,” Mr. Romney said. “Very disappointing. He’s no longer associated with my campaign, as you can imagine.”

Republicans, of course, do not have an exclusive hold on scandal. As Democrats accused Republicans of engaging in a “culture of corruption” during the 2006 midterm elections, Republicans eagerly put the spotlight on Representative William J. Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who stashed $90,000 in his freezer — ill-gotten gains, the authorities said.

Still, there is a sort of “here we go again” sense among Republicans these days, especially since news of the Craig arrest broke on Monday afternoon. It is tough enough being in the minority, weighed down by the burden of the war in Iraq. Now Republicans have an even more pressing task: keeping their party from being portrayed not just as hypocritical and out of touch with the values of people they represent, but also as a laughingstock — amid headlines like “Senator’s Bathroom Bust,” which ran all Tuesday afternoon on CNN. The story also ran at the top of all the network evening newscasts on Tuesday.

“I’m hoping it’s a big mistake,” said one of Mr. Craig’s Republican colleagues, Senator Lamar Alexander, traveling Tuesday in Tennessee, his home state. “But it certainly does nothing to increase confidence in the United States Senate.”

With President Bush hobbled by his own political difficulties, the party can hardly look to him to lead them out of the morass. “If we had a coach,” said John Feehery, who was press secretary to Representative J. Dennis Hastert when Mr. Hastert was the House speaker, “the coach would take us in the locker room and scream at us.”

Some Republicans are indeed screaming, particularly the party’s social conservative wing, which places a high priority on ethics and family values. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group in Washington, said the elections of November 2006, in which Republicans lost control of the House and the Senate, proved that voters want politicians in Washington to clean up their act.

“Exit polls show that was the No. 1 factor in depressing Republican enthusiasm,” Mr. Perkins said in an interview Tuesday. “There is an expectation that leaders who espouse family values will live by those values. And while the values voters don’t demand perfection, I do believe they want leaders with integrity.”

The perception that Mr. Craig is not living up to his own values is causing problems for him, and after his appearance on Tuesday, with his wife standing by his side, some Republicans confessed they did not know what to think.

“He sounded almost as convincing as, ‘I did not have sex with that woman,’ ” said Gary Bauer, a Christian conservative and onetime Republican presidential candidate, reprising President Bill Clinton’s remark initially denying involvement with Monica S. Lewinsky.

Mr. Craig is up for re-election next year and has promised to announce next month whether he is running again. Some, like Mr. Bauer, say he is unlikely to survive the current scandal; others, noting that Senator Vitter seems to have weathered his storm, say Mr. Craig might be able to tough it out. And at the rate things are going, says Mr. Reed, the Republican strategist, it might be only a matter of time before a new scandal pushes Mr. Craig’s woes off the front page.

“I’m a little afraid to say anything, because you don’t know what happens tomorrow,” Mr. Reed said. “That Vitter thing, that’s like ancient history now.”

Carl Hulse in Nashville contributed reporting.
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GOP Reeling From Money and Sex Scandals

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WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to scandal, Democrats could be forgiven for thinking they hit the political jackpot this summer. At Republican expense.
First came the disclosure that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's telephone number was listed in the records of an escort service.

Then Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Alaska was raided by federal agents as part of a corruption investigation.

Now Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is recanting a guilty plea that grew out of a police undercover operation in an airport men's room, adding, "I am not gay" for emphasis.

"This is a serious matter," said the Senate Republican leadership, an understatement for the ages.

No doubt, none of this has been good for what some Republicans like to call "the brand."

Craig "represents the Republican Party," Rep. Pete Hoekstra said on Wednesday, a frank acknowledgment that the party may suffer, regardless of the Idaho senator's political fate.

"I think it's important for Republicans to step out right now and say, 'No, this behavior is not going to be tolerated,'" Hoekstra added.

Depending on how far that attitude extends, it would mark a change from the recent past, when House Republicans were slow to respond to the scandal spawned by lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Democrats capitalized on voter dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq last fall, but they also campaigned on a platform of ending what they called a "culture of corruption." It was a task made immeasurably easier by the imprisonment of former Rep. Bob Ney, the indictment of former Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the resignation of former Rep. Mark Foley, the Floridian who acknowledged writing salacious e-mails to an underage male House page

Not that Democrats are without scandal. But they moved quickly in the House to punish Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana last year, stripping him of his committee assignment even before he was indicted in a corruption investigation.

It was a step designed to make Republicans look more tolerant of alleged wrongdoing—the very thing Hoekstra seemed to have in mind in Craig's case.

Ironically, not even Democrats claim they will win a seat in reliably Republican Idaho next year, and Alaska has sent only Republicans to Congress for more than a quarter-century.

But even before news of Craig's guilty plea surfaced, Senate Democrats possessed numerous other possibilities to pad their thin majority.

"There are several incumbent Republicans who are soft, partially because of the president's performance and their loyalty to the president," says J.B. Poersch, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

He cited Colorado, where Sen. Wayne Allard is retiring, as well as seats held by GOP incumbents John Sununu in New Hampshire; Susan Collins in Maine; Gordon Smith in Oregon; and Norm Coleman in Minnesota.

Privately, several GOP strategists say the Colorado seat will be extremely difficult to hold, and that among the incumbents, Sununu appears headed for the toughest race.

Additionally, Republican Sens. John Warner in Virginia—where Democrats have elected governors in successive elections—and Chuck Hagel in Nebraska are flirting with retirements. Democrats have already sought to line up challengers in case the seats become open—former Gov. Mark Warner in Virginia and former Sen. Bob Kerrey in Nebraska.

Compounding Republican woes, filings with the Federal Election Commission show their party's senatorial committee had $6.5 million cash on hand at the end of July, while the Democrats had $20.5 million, with a debt of $4 million.

Even the election map is tilted away from the Republicans, who must defend 22 of 34 seats on the ballot next year.

But Republicans hope the political environment will change when the party has a presidential nominee eager to move beyond the era of George W. Bush.

"We have strong senators in every single one of our races at this point," said Rebecca Fisher, spokeswoman for the GOP campaign committee. "Sure, maybe there are some retirements ahead of us, but we have a strong field and we're very positive about our position right now."

Still, Republicans failed to recruit Rep. Dennis Rehberg to run against Sen. Max Baucus in Montana. Gov. Mike Rounds in South Dakota shows no signs of wanting to challenge Sen. Tim Johnson, who is recovering from a brain hemorrhage but seems to be positioning himself to seek a new term next year.

Fisher listed Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana as the top target for Republicans, who are expected to field a challenger after statewide elections this November. Fisher declined to discuss names. But several GOP officials say they expect state Treasurer John Kennedy, who switched parties on Monday, to enter the race as soon as he wins a new term in his current post.

Fisher expressed optimism that Republicans can regain a majority next year, a prediction more optimistic than the one uttered several weeks ago by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP Senate leader.

"I think the odds are kind of tough," he said this spring.

That was before Vitter was forced to apologize, Stevens denied any wrongdoing and Craig declared he was innocent despite pleading guilty.

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