Panic Building in the GOP?
by molly bloom, Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 07:05:29 PM EDT
I was quite amused to read this in the Washington Post
How nervous are Republicans that the Iraq war could hurt them in November? Nervous enough that Rep. Christopher Shays visited the same senior center twice in one week to defend his stand.
For nearly 20 years, Shays has distinguished himself as a reliably moderate House Republican. His middle-of-the-road stands on the environment, abortion and gay rights have irked many in his conservative party while affording him job security in his affluent, Democratic-leaning district. Not so with Iraq, the "sentinel issue of our time," as Shays describes it. He has strayed deep into loyalist GOP territory, and that could cost him his job.
Distancing himself from Bush as much as possible buy unable to shake loose his support for the war in Iraq.
Here is a delicious quote:
In a move widely interpreted as an acknowledgment of his vulnerability, Shays recently endorsed the reelection of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), a conservative Democrat whose position on Iraq is similar to Shays's. "That was to let Democrats know, here's a Democrat who voted for the war," said John Orman, a political scientist at Fairfield University, which is in Shays's district.
Embracing Lieberman? Yeah that will help!
Bottom line in Connecticut, at least, Iraq is likely to bring down a GOP moderate. Farrell needs to turn up the heat and don't be wishy washy about it.