Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Foley effect

Americans are completely justified in their disgust that Republican leadership sat on knowledge of Foley's pedophilia for some years, as classes of pages came and went. I guess I just wasn't sure how much even that could really dissuade the True Believers, but these numbers are quite impressive, putting some truth to the initial claim that one-third of voters say they're less likely to vote Republican because of the scandal.

Anyway, it's hard to know how generic ballot results carry over into real races with real regional candidates, but it's certainly noteworthy. Perhaps it blunts the "moral superiority" that some of those GOP candidates have been claiming... Only November will tell.

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