March 24, 2005


Watchdogs in Soros's pocket: GOP (Alexander Bolton, 3/23/05, The Hill)

House Republicans are taking the offensive in the burgeoning ethics war on Capitol Hill by circulating research that details links among Democrats, George Soros and government watchdog groups that have criticized Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and the House ethics process.

The research shows that members of these groups’ boards have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and political organizations and several of their staff members have previously worked for Democrats. The groups have also accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Open Society Institute, an organization founded by Soros, who spent millions trying to defeat President Bush in last year’s election. [...]

The latest spate of broadcasts and articles, a glut of the type of negative coverage that has plagued DeLay in recent years, likely explains why his name identification has risen from 46 percent to 76 percent between September 1999 and last month, according to several CNN/USA Today/ Gallup surveys of adults nationwide, cited by Democrats. During the same span, DeLay’s unfavorable ratings have swelled from 11 percent to 24 percent, according to the same surveys.

“The DeLay scandal is getting to the point where House Republicans just won’t be able to withstand much more,” a Democratic aide said.

All that money to get his negatives to 24%?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2005 12:00 AM

Santa Claus has higher negatives than that.

Posted by: bart at March 24, 2005 9:31 AM

Progressives calibrate progress differently. Compared to the success of the New Soviet man fling, this is an absolute winner. Just like Air America, no?

Posted by: Luciferous at March 24, 2005 9:59 AM

All the GOP needs to do is follow Pelosi's money trail. When they find a pothole, the jig will be up, and the games will quiet down. She has already been accused of the same trouble as DeLay on the foreign jaunts.

Either that, or go full bore on the Kleagle. The only way to stop this nonsense is to hurt the Democrats hard.

Of course, the IRS could start examining Soros with a proctoscope, but then the left would accuse Bush of being (gasp!) Nixon.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 24, 2005 10:45 AM

"the IRS could start examining Soros with a proctoscope,"

IRS is the least of it. Try FBI. How did he make that money?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 24, 2005 10:59 AM

Wow -- amazing that this reporter thinks the story here is the GOP's reaction to the story, not the story itself.

Posted by: kevin whited at March 25, 2005 1:17 AM