How bad are things for Tom DeLay when stories with headlines like GOP voters still like DeLay get published? Last I checked, it wasn't supposed to be news when an incumbent officeholder could claim to have support from his fellow partymates. Quite the reverse, in fact.
The one thing I want to point out here is the continually evolving story line from Fort Bend GOP Chair Eric Thode as to why DeLay's performance sucked rocks in 2004:
DeLay began showing signs of weakness at the polls in the 2004 election, when defectors voted for Republican President Bush but skipped him on the ballot.
"Disaffected Republicans wanted to send DeLay a message. But they didn't want to see him defeated," said Fort Bend County Republican Chair Eric Thode. "The message was, 'We'd like to see you a little more.' "
DeLay took note, and he has shown up and stumped more often.
Second, Thode wants you to believe - and sadly, there's nothing in this story to tell you otherwise - that DeLay's lost support manifested itself in undervotes; that is, a bunch of people just did not vote in the Congressional race in CD22 last time. But that's baloney. Look, we know that DeLay got 9000 fewer votes than the next-to-last GOP performer in CD22. If it were a simple matter of undervotes in his race, then you'd expect that his Democratic challenger, Richard Morrison, would have gotten about as many votes as John Kerry, or about as many votes as the other statewide Democrats on the ballot. Here are the actual totals:
Richard Morrison 112,034
JR Molina 100,132
John Kerry 98,180
Bob Scarborough 97,456
David Van Os 96,459
So there was a message delivered by Thode's "disaffected" Republicans in CD22, but that message wasn't "We'd like to see you a little more." That message, delivered by the thousands of people who voted for other Republicans and for Richard Morrison, was "We'd like to see you lose."Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 12, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack