From the L. A. Times:
Election day is more than a year away, but Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is already facing a barrage of attack ads, protesters at her local offices and a strong Democratic challenger. It’s a far different environment than in her last race for reelection, when her popularity was soaring and she won a commanding 58% of the vote.
The one-word explanation for the change: Iraq.
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More from the article:
In New Hampshire, a recent poll found Republican Sen. John E. Sununu trailing one possible Democratic challenger by a double-digit margin.
In Minnesota, Sen. Norm Coleman raised about $300,000 less in the second quarter than his best-known Democratic challenger, comedian Al Franken.
In Oregon, approval ratings for Sen. Gordon H. Smith did not improve after he switched positions and called for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
That is why more Republican senators, after standing by Bush for years, are now trying to reshape policy well before election day arrives. Last week’s Senate debate on defense policy featured a who’s who of Republicans facing reelection in 2008 signing on to proposals designed to signal their dissatisfaction with the course of the war.
Collins, Sununu and Coleman joined Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) in backing an amendment that would set a target but not a binding date for withdrawal of U.S. troops — a recommendation of last year’s bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
So you see, kids, they don’t give a shit about the survival of the troops. They only give a shit about their own political futures.
Life of the party? I’m thinking that Chimpy has put his party on life support.