Fox: Republicans in Meltdown! Massive Losses! Hastert Must Go!

| Thu Oct. 5, 2006 7:23 PM EDT

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Barely contained hysteria from Fox News, reporting that "House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day, according to internal polling data from a prominent GOP pollster."

"The data suggests Americans have bailed on the speaker," a Republican source briefed on the polling data told FOX News. "And the difference could be between a 20-seat loss and 50-seat loss."

In other words, buh-bye.

In the photo accompanying the piece, Hastert looks as if he's about to break Mark Foley and a bevy of apple-cheeked pages over his meaty knee (not to mention Roy Blunt, John Boehner...).

For good measure, the latest AP/Ipsos poll has half of likely voters saying the Foley scandal will be "very or extremely important" when it comes time to vote on Nov. 7.

I think Hastert should hang tough, don't you?

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