One wonders at what point a political edifice starts irredeemably to crumble.
While Bush administration defenders say critics are drawing the wrong conclusions from the leaked parts of the NIE report, that Bob Woodward's book is full of "myths", and that the Mark Foley affair is no worse than various Democratic congressional and presidential indiscretions, it is hard to see how things won't get worse before they get better (if they do) for Republicans, with mid-term elections just four weeks out.
Apart from the fallout from what some will construe as a GOP leadership coverup in the Mark Foley affair -- one Republican has already said House Speaker Dennis Hastert "lied" about what he knew and Connecticut Republican Chris Shays has said anyone in a leadership comes position who knew about it should step down -- along comes Colin Powell's new book which will only add to the "state of denial" flames.
Also lurking out there, in what appears to be an increasingly leak-happy atmosphere is another "damning" Iraq intelligence report , which, California Rep. Jane Harman, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, wants released. Read on...
So the question becomes, can the Democratic Party capitalize on this non-stop reports of ineptitude, scandals, leaks, and corruption and regain control of one or both houses of Congress come November 7?