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GOP Turmoil

On the Sunday shows, Republicans said the Foley matter "will make it more difficult for the GOP to keep control of Congress in November…  Republicans, while cautioning that '30 days is an eternity' in the congressional campaigns leading to Election Day on Nov. 7, acknowledge that the scandal makes it difficult to make their own messages heard." 

Prominent social conservative Gary Bauer told Bloomberg that the scandal could weaken turnout among the party's base. 

But the New York Times found otherwise when it traveled to southeastern Virginia, a battleground in the midterm elections, to see if the scandal will compel Christian conservatives to abandon the GOP.  "...[M]any said the episode only reinforced their reasons to vote for their two Republican incumbents in neck-and-neck re-election fights, Representative Thelma Drake and Senator George Allen" -- because they blame Foley, not the party. 

Bob Novak writes that Hastert's scheduled appearance this week at an Illinois reception featuring President Bush "will be an embarrassing distraction…  As the most prominent Republican officeholder in Illinois, Hastert could not be removed from this event." 

The New York Post reports that Hastert has backed out of a fundraiser at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mansion for vulnerable Rep. John Sweeney (R), citing a scheduling conflict. 

The Sunday New York Times looked at the difficult position faced by gay Republican Hill staffers, operatives, and lawmakers in the face of the Foley scandal.