Let's start with the headline on the front page:
Democrats See Biggest Lead in Congressional Races in 20 YearsOr, to paraphrase the author, "Go Team!" Under the headline for the main story are two more stories:
Republicans Losing Steam on the Mom VoteOh my, things aren't looking good. If you click on the first headline, you get a different headline on the actual story:
GOP Struggles With Korea, Foley Scandal
Bush Approval Withers Under Iraq, Foley PressureThe author apparently felt his point wasn't clear, so there's a minor headline under the main one:
A Deep Deficit for the Republicans Reflects a Beleaguered PresidentThen we get to the actual text of the article, which begins:
An unpopular war led by a beleaguered president has pushed the Republican Party back to a deep deficit in voter preferences. But the Mark Foley scandal, while it hasn't helped, is a distant concern, with many doubting that the Democrats would've handled it any better.I'm honestly speechless. Remember this isn't an editorial, this is a news story--ostensibly about a scientific poll. Almost in one breath we have "Democrats See Biggest Lead", "Republicans Losing Steam", "GOP Struggles", "Bush Approval Withers", "Deep Deficit", "Beleaguered President", "unpopular war", "scandal", "broad discontent", and "erased the minor gains".
The scandal's likeliest impact is that it forces the Republicans off the anti-terrorism message that remains their best push back against the broad discontent with the war in Iraq. The scandal has erased the minor gains the Republicans showed around the 9/11 anniversary.
Author Gary Langer should be ashamed of himself. Or at least moved to the editorial department where he belongs.