Republicans Fear 2008
By Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
Thursday 29 March 2007
Republicans across the country are warning that increasing public discontent toward President Bush, the Iraq war and the GOP brand in general threatens to send the party's 2008 campaign planning into a tailspin.
Already, the problems are having tangible effects. Some of the party's top recruits in key races from Colorado to Florida are refusing to run for Congress. Business executives - the financial backbone of the GOP - are sending more and more money to Democrats. Overall Republican fundraising is down sharply from the same time frame during the past two presidential elections.