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Rightward Shift May Squeeze Centrists
Washington Post ^ | 11/04/04 | Charles Babington and Juliet Eilperin

Posted on 11/03/2004 8:15:18 PM PST by Pikamax

Congress Rightward Shift May Squeeze Centrists

By Charles Babington and Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, November 4, 2004; Page A01

Tuesday's Republican sweep of the South will reshape the next Senate, replacing moderate Democrats sometimes willing to cross party lines with ardent GOP conservatives who will press their leaders for a more right-leaning agenda, according to analysts.

Republicans claimed Senate seats vacated by Democrats in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. In South Dakota, Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle fell to a challenger closely identified with President Bush. And a GOP-crafted House redistricting plan in Texas led to the defeat of four veteran Democratic lawmakers and helped Republicans expand their majority by three and possibly four seats.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bushvictory; gwb2004

1 posted on 11/03/2004 8:15:18 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Oh God - as Rush Limbaugh says, where is the book "Famous American Moderates." Bush should govern as a conservative. Screw Ted Kennedy and all liberals. It they want to get on board (aka "bi-partisanship"), then they can cross the aisle.

What liberal/moderate ideas did Bush campaign on?????


2 posted on 11/03/2004 8:18:13 PM PST by GianniV
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To: Pikamax

Oh no, here comes same "center" nonsense like we heard afterr the 2000 election from the left. Please ignore it this time President Bush. Do what is right, not what is politically expedient. Remember, you don't have to worry about reelection in 2008.


3 posted on 11/03/2004 8:18:19 PM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.)
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To: Pikamax

I hope the Dims don't consider this election to be a repudiation of their "Liberal New England Presidential Nominee" strategy. Maybe they will think their strategy is like Communism. Although it fails every time its tried, it just hasn't been tried correctly yet. Come on Dims.....keep throwing those New England Liberals at us! One of these days it will work! Don't give up yet!!!!!


4 posted on 11/03/2004 8:21:55 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: GianniV
"What liberal/moderate ideas did Bush campaign on?????"

Amnesty for farming illegals?

5 posted on 11/03/2004 8:23:59 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: Pikamax

How far left do you have to be for the Washington Post to label you a "centrist"?


6 posted on 11/03/2004 8:24:12 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (THANK YOU, FREEPERS for re-electing President George W. Bush!)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath

Let me just caution that swinging too far to the right is no different than swinging too far to the left. Both get you in the bull pen. I'm just praying this election reaffirms what American's stand for after almost 30 years of wandering in the wilderness and fawning to the global elites. I hope it solidifies our return to our core, basic values of freedom and results in morally based solutions to some of the issues that divide us. I really don't care if some deviant wants to have sex with a steer in their bedroom but I will never legitimize it with laws that accept that it is natural and spit in the face of hard working parents who do their best to raise their children with values that sustain both as a people and a Nation.


7 posted on 11/03/2004 8:26:45 PM PST by Cornpone ((Aging Warrior))
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To: GianniV

Ever hear of Dwight Eisenhower?


8 posted on 11/03/2004 8:28:33 PM PST by Nystrom ("Capitalism is inseperable from freedom." -Milton Friedman)
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To: Question Liberal Authority
"How far left do you have to be for the Washington Post to label you a "centrist"?"

Enough to make Karl Marx look like a lassez faire capitalist.
9 posted on 11/03/2004 8:31:30 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Pikamax

I used to buy into this moderate BS.

Then I got me some learnin!

Appeasment is balony


10 posted on 11/03/2004 8:36:44 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Pikamax

I get a little frustrated when George Voinovich is lumped in with the likes of Lincoln Chafee and Olympia Snowe. Voinovich is no Tom Coburn, but he sure as heck is no Chafee either. He's strongly pro-life, supports the President's foreign policy, and is fiscally conservative. I know a lot of conservatives, including me, were pretty upset over his opposition to the President's second tax cut. But in general, he is a loyal soldier, certainly much, much more than Chafee, Snowe, or Specter, and he's hugely popular in Ohio.


11 posted on 11/03/2004 8:59:48 PM PST by jamesissmall218
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To: Nystrom
I've heard of Eisenhower. Somehow I doubt he'd be in favor of gay marriage, abortion on demand, an international test for deploying troops, etc. I doubt if he were alive today he'd be to the left of Frist on most anything. During his administration we modernized our production of nuclear weapons in order to mass produce them. We built heavy bombers by the droves,etc.

Thing is, the Democrats have been trying for years to redefine what a moderate truly is, and they lost, at least for the time being. We have an opportunity with that loss to develop a new broad concensus based on the views of middle America, not on the views of New England liberals.

12 posted on 11/03/2004 9:28:22 PM PST by phelanw
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