NEW ALBANY, Ind. - After winning over moms in back-to-back elections, Republicans have lost their advantage among married women with children this year.
The Republican Party has seen the support of people like Jeannette Hopkins evaporate.
A 30-year-old married mother of two and a Republican, Hopkins voted for President Bush in 2004. But she says she probably will support the Democrat in her congressional district this fall "because of the way that everything's been handled" with the GOP in charge of Congress and Bush in the White House.
"We're in a really scary place right now," Hopkins said recently. She vented about what she called the gone-on-too-long Iraq war, a sluggish economy, the bungled Hurricane Katrina response and a continuing terrorism threat.
She blamed Republicans as she hustled down an alley to the office she manages in this Louisville, Ky., suburb.
Votes like hers could decide which party controls the House and Senate after the Nov. 7 vote.
Let's hope there are enough disenchanted moms to give the Democrats at least one house.
Of course, we could always have an "October surprise" that Rove is cooking up. I wouldn't put anything past him.