The Sacramento Bee does a round-up of likely Republican losses this November, and includes Up Chuck Taylor among those at risk:
In Western North Carolina's mountainous 11th District, Republican Rep. Charles Taylor faces a strong challenge from Democrat Heath Shuler, a former quarterback at the local Swain County high school and later with the Washington Redskins.
Taylor has broken from the administration on two issues: trade and immigration.
He's opposed Bush's free-trade policies, even though what he called a mechanical snafu kept his vote against the Central American Free Trade Agreement from being recorded.
On immigration, Taylor wrote the president last year pressing his own plan. Unlike Bush's proposal to give illegal immigrants who already are here a path to citizenship, Taylor would have them return to their native countries and apply for legal entrance.
"He's always had a strong independent streak," said Bill Sabo, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. "He's far more likely to try to tie his opponents to the national Democratic Party than to associate himself with national Republicans."
Sabo is quoted extensively in another article at Townhall.com, so he fancies himself an expert. But what's this crap about Taylor always having a "strong independent streak?" Independent of what? Sanity and reason?