‘Lost their soul’
Don’t applaud Democrats too loudly for being able to take back the HouseandperhapstheSenate.CapitolHill,afterall,wasvirtuallyhanded to them.
“While some will say that the D’s achieved a mandate, I think a fairly goodcasecanbemadethatthestory ofElection2006ismoreaboutpoorly led House Republicans losing than Democratswinning,”writesNational Taxpayers Union President John Berthoud, who also doesn’t dismiss the longtime trend of the majority party losing seats in Congress in the sixth year of a presidency.
“But that’s a small part of the story,” he says. “The Republicans hadincredibleamountsofbaggage.”
He cites the names of several disgracedformercongressmenandothers “hanging around the necks” of Republican candidates and incumbents—MarkFoley,BobNey,Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Tom DeLay—nottoforgetformerlobbyist Jack Abramoff.
“Beyondtheseindividualcharacters,thepartyoftenprostituteditself tocorporateinterests,”Mr.Berthoud adds. “In the process of pleasing their corporate friends, the House Republicans lost their soul [. . .] and their base.”