It has been a month of dramatic developments in the midterm congressional campaigns. Every day seems to bring fresh bad news for Republicans. Although the economy remains strong, the situation in Iraq has deteriorated. And the scandal around resigned Rep. Mark Foley continues to be unresolved.
Polls now show Democratic candidates have leads in about 40 House districts that are currently held by Republicans -- and in 4 races where Republican senators are running for re-election.
The Republicans' troubles have sparked a round of second-guessing about the strategy designed by Karl Rove, President Bush's political mastermind. Rove stresses getting the party's voting base to the polls, using conservative values appeals to pump up the numbers of GOP votes.