[Poll] Would It Be Better For Dems If Hastert Doesn't Resign?
by Chris Bowers, Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 09:13:39 AM EDT
When it comes to Hastert, however, I think the situation might be different. If the Speaker of the House were to resign in disgrace, that would be the biggest political resignation in this country since Nixon. Hastert and the Republican disgrace would dominate the news for at least a week, and any replacement election for Hastert would also dominate the news. Both events would keep the focus on the Foley scandal, probably to a degree that we will not be able to achieve with Hastert still in office. Also, it would put a lot of pressure on the rest of the Republican leadership to resign, and any Republican who would run for the new Speaker spot would have to publicly repudiate the entire Republican leadership for covering this up. All in all, it seems to me that Hastert resigning would keep the story in the news longer, and keep the Republican leadership incapacitated for the duration of the election. It would even force numerous endangered Republican incumbents to return back to Washington and leave the campaign trail for a significant portion of the final, crucial weeks of the election.
I think there are good arguments on both sides here, so I am going to put it to a vote. Take the poll in the extended entry. Is it better for Democrats in these elections if Hastert stays, or if Hastert goes?
Update: Faux News reports that an internal Republican poll shows that Republicans will suffer massive losses this year if Hastert stays on as speaker for the rest of the election. Of course, this is Faux News, and we haven't seen the poll, so I don't think this settles the debate either way.