Republicans Running for the Hills

October 15, 2007 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

With the stage being set for massive loss of congressional sets in 2008, Republican members are opting out of running for reelection. The 12th Republican congressman has just announced that he will not seek reelection.

“I wanted to go out on top,” said Rep. David Hobson, who said his health is good. He would have faced token opposition at best had he sought a new term.

Rep. Hobson is the third Republican from Ohio to announce his decision not to seek reelection.

In fighting among the Republican leadership, lackluster fundraising by the National Republican Congressional Committee and ongoing scandals are having a serious impact on the party and its electoral prospects.

It seems every day brings more bad news for Republicans. As Politico first reported Friday, House Minority Leader John Boehner and his campaign chief, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, are at war over campaign tactics and operations. Boehner is demanding a major shake-up at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The dust-up might be the least of the GOP’s problems. Three House Republicans in very competitive districts recently announced their retirements — and several more senior GOP members have hinted they may do the same.

Put simply, Republicans lack the money to fight seriously for many of these seats. The NRCC is essentially broke, with more debt than money in the bank. “When you look at what’s going on in the House, the prospects for getting back on track are pretty dim at the moment,” said Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.).

The loss of congressional seats by Republicans can only help to restore balance in the federal government. A stronger Democratic majority after the ’08 elections combined with a Democrat in the White House will began to move the country away from the radically conservative nightmare that we have been living under for the last 7 years.

George Bush and Karl Rove may have dreamed of forcing a long time Republican majority on the country, but their complete incompetence at governing along with the contempt for the U.S. Constitution have done them in. They have run up the largest federal deficit in history, made America into a country that tortures, undermined civil liberties at every turn, gotten us into the quagmire that is the Iraq war, gutted environmental and consumer protection laws, ignored the looming threats of climate change and millions of uninsured Americans all while drastically cutting taxes for the rich, destroying America’s international reputation and creating a culture of corruption.

There is still the possibility that the Republicans will be able to stem the tide that threatens to wash them out to sea, but only if they are willing to break from the stranglehold that the extreme right has on the party and began to speak for the American people rather than focus on diving us. I see nothing in their current m.o. that shows that possess the capacity for self-reflection that will cause them to make the necessary changes.

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