According to the latest intelligence from the budget battle front, George Bush and Newt Gingrich have not as yet defected to the Democrats. Even if they tried, the Democrats wouldn't have them. To reverse the old saying: With enemies like Republicans Bush and Gingrich, the Democrats hardly need friends.
The political catastrophe that has overtaken the Grand Old Party just before the Nov. 6 election is being compared to the Watergate disaster. Words like "free fall" and "earthquake" fly up in the political firmament. The president himself has succeeded in painting the GOP with a Hooverian brush as the party of the super-rich and, by implication, the adversary of all those blue-collar working folks who once rallied to Ronald Reagan.
Much Republican bloodletting is ahead if pollsters are right in predicting Democratic gains of as many as a dozen seats in the House and maybe one or two in the Senate. Only a few months ago, with President Bush riding high in the opinion polls, Republicans were counting on a rare off-year breeze for the party holding the White House. After all, the Democratic leadership in Congress was a laugh. Right? And if public disgust with Washington remained focused on all rascally incumbents, Democrats had more to lose because they controlled more legislative seats. Right?