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Bush keeps head up despite loss of House
AP ^ | November 8, 2006 | JENNIFER LOVEN

Posted on 11/07/2006 11:18:51 PM PST by West Coast Conservative

President Bush struck a businesslike tone Tuesday night as the Republicans lost control of the House, making plans to call the woman poised to become speaker of a Democratic House majority.

Bush, unaccustomed to political defeat, planned a morning phone call to Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi and made plans to give his take on the midterm election results at an afternoon news conference.

Asked if the president was surprised that the House was headed for Democratic control, Snow said it wasn‘t "a slap-on-the-forehead kind of shock."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2006election; bush; congress; pelosi

1 posted on 11/07/2006 11:18:52 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

He's going to ask her if she has Prince Albert in a can.


2 posted on 11/07/2006 11:20:14 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: ClaudiusI

LMAO.


3 posted on 11/07/2006 11:20:39 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Well, Bush has been largely ineffective since winning re-election. Unless he and Rove figure out a way to improve their communications strategy, Bush will become a certified lameduck.

Here's a prediction...His next Supreme Ct. nominee will be Alberto Gonzalez, or maybe Harriet Miers again. I think we can forget about having a strong conservative nominee to the court.

4 posted on 11/07/2006 11:28:26 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: My2Cents

probably the biggest tragedy of this election long term will be no more conservatives on the bench


5 posted on 11/07/2006 11:30:40 PM PST by ground_fog
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To: West Coast Conservative

The MSM hates Conservatives, and they always get what they want.


6 posted on 11/07/2006 11:32:31 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: roses of sharon

Not always. Keep your chin up & ready.


7 posted on 11/07/2006 11:33:07 PM PST by I_like_good_things_too
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To: West Coast Conservative
Bush may have his flaws but being a pessimist isn't one of them.
8 posted on 11/07/2006 11:33:41 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of "Bush Derangement Syndrome.")
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bush is a gracious man and is perfectly capable of not only working with the new Democratic leadership, but of working them.

Frankly, as obstreperous as the current Republican congress has been, he may get as much done by finagaling the newcomers as he has been able to get from those now leaving.

The cast of clowns set to take over leadership and committee positions is likely to make the next two years interesting and give the Republicans lots of ammo for the next election.

Two years of Pelosi and company will probably wake the electorate to the need for reasonable and responsible leadership in two years. Perhaps we'll see some good folks rise up by 2008.


9 posted on 11/07/2006 11:35:50 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

People should also remember that these people, who are for all intents and purposes, morons, have NEVER been in charge in the age of shared video on the internet. This will be an endless parade of funny videos coming off of CSPAN.


10 posted on 11/07/2006 11:38:22 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: ground_fog

To my way of thinking, the courts were what the last 6 years of political struggle were all about. Even with a majority, we were undercut by the gang of 14, and now it will be impossible to get any real conservatives on the bench.


11 posted on 11/07/2006 11:39:14 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: West Coast Conservative

Jennifer Loven is Nancy Pelosi, minus a few years. She's one of the AP reporters who broke out the champagne tonight -- like they do when the insurgents whack a few GI's.

That is, on those occasions when the insurgents and the AP reporters are different people, unlike, say, Bilal Hussein (one of several AP reporters who voluntarily and happily participated in hostage takings and murders).

Maybe Nancy can make it a priority to get her boy Bilal sprung from Abu Ghraib.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F


12 posted on 11/07/2006 11:41:02 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F (Build more lampposts... we've got plenty of traitors.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
I guess we got used to elections victories lately, so this election defeat is bitter but we will survive. The President of the United States is still more powerful than the Congress, and he is one of us :)
13 posted on 11/07/2006 11:44:23 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: everyone

The only good news in this election is that the GOP is now free of Bush's "leadership," and Frist's, and Hastert's. Good riddance, chumps.


14 posted on 11/07/2006 11:54:31 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bush will finally get his illegal amnesty.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 11:56:38 PM PST by Aikonaa
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To: West Coast Conservative

Heck, Bush might even be tempted to do more than one veto in his remaining 2 years.


16 posted on 11/08/2006 12:07:56 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Aikonaa

Illegal amnesty, and a heck of lot less earmarks.


17 posted on 11/08/2006 12:09:10 AM PST by glorgau
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To: My2Cents

"Even with a majority, we were undercut by the gang of 14, and now it will be impossible to get any real conservatives on the bench."

Without the Gang of 14, you might not have gotten the two good SC justices.


18 posted on 11/08/2006 12:13:14 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

Probably not. But we got the Gang of 14 because the Republicans were too chicken to go nuclear. Gutless wonders. But now the Dems can simply stonewall whomever Bush sends up to the Senate.


19 posted on 11/08/2006 12:16:33 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: My2Cents

You think he's going to swing left?

If he takes that road, he's stupid. Conservatism always wins, and we just saw the inverse of that rule.

I really wish this administration would get a clue.


20 posted on 11/08/2006 12:18:35 AM PST by ovrtaxt (We gotta watch out for the Hellbazoo and the Hamas...)
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To: My2Cents

"But we got the Gang of 14 because the Republicans were too chicken to go nuclear."

Now the shoe is on the other foot. Perhaps the Gang of 14 was more far-sighted than advocates of the nuclear option.

The dems don't have 60 votes in the Senate.

Being far sighted is a pretty rare thing, in American politics these days.

I think political infighting and name calling among Republicans has been harmful. I remember Reagan's 11th commandment; long forgotten these days.

I think the electorate decided the Republicans had had a majority for 6 years, and probably expected more than they got.

It is time for a more unified Republican party. I'd start with some new faces at the top. Frist and Hastert should give way to better spokesmen.


21 posted on 11/08/2006 12:28:19 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: My2Cents

A DEm senate won't take a very conservative USSC nominee seriously. He or she won't get out of committee.


22 posted on 11/08/2006 12:29:28 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Bush is one tough individual and a surviver. Now he is trapped so look out.
23 posted on 11/08/2006 12:41:53 AM PST by Big Horn (Life is a sexually transmitted disease that is 100% fatal . Author unknown)
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To: West Coast Conservative
I admire a man who can keep his head while he helps others to get their's chopped off.
24 posted on 11/08/2006 12:43:28 AM PST by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Let's all face it...the across the board Republican defeat is largely self-inflicted. Our Party has pretty much had two years of controlling both the Presidency and the Congress, and essentially it pissed it all away with stupid stuff like:

The Bloated $287 billion 2005 Transportation Bill (Ted Stevens' Bridge to No Where)

Not Making the Tax Cuts Permanent

Bill Frist Caving in to the Gang of 14 over Judicial Appointments

The Harriet Myers Debacle

Ethics Questions (DeLay, Cunningham, Ney)

President Bush's Proposed Guest Worker/Amnesty Program, Poor Immigration Enforcement, and Congress' Failure to Close the Border

The GOP not laying the blame where it squarely belonged during the Hurricane Katrina mess (Nagin/Blanco got a free pass)

Overall Weak Leadership from Frist and Hastert

Letting the Demo'Rats paint Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism as a collective lost cause

The good news in all of this is, based upon the 'Rats propensity for backbiting and scheming, is that Pelosi and Reid will have their hands full trying to keep their own jobs and their own Party from flying apart, especially after they will prove unable to pull our troops out of Iraq, which will ultimately cause the anti-war freaks to turn on them like pit bulls.

My .02 worth of analysis for today...

VR


25 posted on 11/08/2006 12:47:41 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: ground_fog

This next SCOTUS nominee will be fun. I am prepared to be pleasantly suprised.


26 posted on 11/08/2006 1:07:05 AM PST by zendari
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To: HitmanLV

The committee should be split 9-9, right? If the vote goes down the middle, what happens?


27 posted on 11/08/2006 1:08:17 AM PST by zendari
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To: Herakles
Do us all a favor a stfu troll.
28 posted on 11/08/2006 1:09:33 AM PST by Pro-Bush (hater)
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To: ground_fog

If we don't maintain control of the Senate, you are probably right.

If we have another John Roberts on hold, i.e. someone who's got a record, but not too much of one, and someone who's so incredibly smart he makes the D's look stupid when they try to attack him, we might be able to get him through a D controlled Senate.

But another smart, qualified, but less impressive Judge with a longer record like Alito? Forget it.


29 posted on 11/08/2006 1:09:37 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: Herakles

LOL. Thanks! I needed a laugh tonight.


30 posted on 11/08/2006 1:18:49 AM PST by Razz Barry
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To: My2Cents

But now the Dems can simply stonewall whomever Bush sends up to the Senate.

Bush consistently and constantly turned the other cheek, in fact he turned both cheeks, and the Dems have now kicked him in them.


31 posted on 11/08/2006 1:56:53 AM PST by flaglady47 (thinking out loud)
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To: My2Cents
Bush has been largely ineffective since winning re-election. Unless he and Rove figure out a way to improve their communications strategy, Bush will become a certified lameduck.
I hope this election puts to rest the Rove-Is-A-Genius theory.

Basically, the Rove proposition goes like this:

Concede all the issues to the media and the rats, and make up for it with "organizational muscle".

That was the plan, and that was the failure, and the failure was built into the plan.

32 posted on 11/08/2006 2:46:43 AM PST by samtheman (The Democrats are Instituting their own Guest Voter Program.)
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To: ground_fog

No more conservatives anywhere if the Fairness Doctrine passes.


33 posted on 11/08/2006 2:52:22 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bush couldn't care less.


34 posted on 11/08/2006 3:18:52 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Shock?!?? What did you expect, George???

The Republicans would have swept to a huge victory if they had not alienated their base support by their:

1. Failure to close the Mexican border and halt illegal immigration,

2. Failure to nullify the effects of the Kelo decision--immediately, and

3. Expansion of federal entitlements to include prescription drugs!

FOOLS!
You people should spend more time on Free Republic and less time... Oh nevermind!
35 posted on 11/08/2006 3:23:25 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: My2Cents
Well, Bush has been largely ineffective since winning re-election.

An across-the-board filibuster in a closely divided Senate will do that. One of the things that has irritated me over the last couple of years is that the word "filibuster" has largely disappeared from the MSM. The typical storyline has been "Senate rejects" or "Senate fails to pass" or "Republicans fail." This has been coupled with the by-now casual assertion in many stories that Senate rules require 60 votes for passage. And so the "ineffective Republicans" theme was sold.

My prediction for the next two years: the word filibuster will be revived, and the stories will all be about an obstructionist Republican minority.

36 posted on 11/08/2006 3:33:51 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Savage Beast
Well now they're the cut-and-run conservatives will get an amnesty bill. And a whole lot more. And they will whine and moan and stamp their tiny little feet, as if it's not their own fault.

Basic rule they slept through in Civics class. You need the votes to get something passed.

Now they have fewer votes and their enemies have more. Their nose is on the pavement, and they're holding a bloody knife in their hands.

They certainly deserve what happens next. Too bad the adults don't, because they're going to get it too.

No form of government is permanent, and we shouldn't expect the American republic to be either.
37 posted on 11/08/2006 3:55:56 AM PST by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: Cheburashka
Democrat voters and undecideds may have approved of the prescription drug entitlement expansion, but the elecorate was overwhelmingly in favor of closing the border, halting illegal immigration, and nullifying the Supreme Court's dispicable eminent domain decision.

The jubilation over the Republican victories of 2000 and 2004 gradually turned to dismay and then to scorn as the Republican base realized how foolishly the Republican Congress and Administration behaved on these subjects.

Had they behaved differently, the Republicans would have maintained the jubilation of their base support and attracted undecideds and perhaps some Democrats to their support.

The constant drumbeat of scorn from the Left--notably the overtly pro-Democrat "Mainstream Newsmedia", academia, Hollywood, and foreign governments, who do not have the best interests of the American people and the United States in mind--kept the Democrat base support energized, but it was, for the most part, ignored by the rest of the electorate.

It is the Republicans who did themselves in. And the American people while they were at it.

Had they not been such fools, they would have swept to an easy victory--in 2006 AND 2008!

38 posted on 11/08/2006 4:00:50 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: California Patriot
The only good news in this election is that the GOP is now free of Bush's "leadership," and Frist's, and Hastert's. Good riddance, chumps.

Best thing I've read all morning. Now maybe Republicans can start acting like CONSERVATIVES. Stop spending like drunken sailors, show some backbone and ostracize those among you who abandon conservative principles (McCain, Chaffee (not a problem now :), et. al.). Personally, I'm glad this happened to the GOP and particularly in an off year election instead of a Presidential one. If I woke up to Hillary in office I think I'd open a vein this AM.
39 posted on 11/08/2006 4:11:18 AM PST by CanisRex (Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil. --Lazarus Long)
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To: West Coast Conservative

He was a big part of why we lost. Too bad he didn't get his head up and out of the sand sooner.


40 posted on 11/08/2006 4:46:58 AM PST by conservativecorner
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To: Savage Beast
...but the elecorate was overwhelmingly in favor of closing the border, halting illegal immigration, and nullifying the Supreme Court's dispicable eminent domain decision.
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And they way they've voted they're certainly going to get even less of that. Nose, pavement. Bloody knife, hand.
41 posted on 11/08/2006 6:03:52 AM PST by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: ovrtaxt
I really wish this administration would get a clue.

Ditto.

42 posted on 11/08/2006 7:19:20 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: samtheman
Concede all the issues to the media and the rats, and make up for it with "organizational muscle".

Someone last night (don't remember who) said that when you lack a solid message and agenda, the organizational machinery isn't enough. Maybe the turn-out effort resulted in minimizing losses...it could have been worse...but clearly we don't win with a superior ground-game alone. We still haven't figured out a way to speak around or over the heads of the media. Instead, Bush has largely allowed himself to be pounded for 6 years, and chosen to let a lot of accusations go unanswered. It discourages the base when they don't even try to answer the critics.

43 posted on 11/08/2006 7:27:19 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: Cheburashka
It is possible that the Democrats, pragmatists that they are, could see the political wisdom in halting illegal immigration, at least to some extent, now that they have proven that they don't need the illegal alien vote to get elected, and they might oppose Kelo, recognizing (as the Republicans did not) that it would be politically advantageous to do so.

But what do I know? I thought Hillary might solve the health care mess--being a lawyer, who is in a position to know that litigation is the reason medical care has been priced out of the reach of everyone, and a woman of formidable intelligence, as the newsmedia repeated like a stuck record.

Actually, there's comfort in knowing I don't known nothin' about nothin'. Maybe the world's not is as bad shape as I think. Maybe I'm nuts. Maybe I need to get a hobby relax with the conviction that I habitually hallucinate so might as well not worry about it.

I've known for a long time that either the Left is bonkers or I am.

44 posted on 11/08/2006 7:28:25 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: Savage Beast
1. Failure to close the Mexican border and halt illegal immigration.

I think this is a canard. Why do you think we got wiped-out in Colorado, and J.D. Hayworth lost? The Republicans there took a hard-line against illegal immigration, didn't promote a comprehensive reform of immigration that included a guest worker program and a path to citizenship, and this hurt in the growing Hispanic electorate. It used to be that the way to get things done was through compromise, but the strident "Secure the Borders First" crowd doesn't compromise.

I pretty much shut up about the immigration issue as the election neared, and particularly as Congress voted for a fence, but without a comprehensive approach to this issue (i.e., following Bush's lead), this issue is a loser for conservatives. Rove told Hugh Hewitt on Monday that refusal to moderate the strident position was going to hurt on Tuesday, and it did. You folks told us that if we were tough on immigration, we'd win. Well, guess what...we were tough on immigration and we lost. Rant all you want...your position is a loser.

45 posted on 11/08/2006 7:37:40 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: sphinx

In other words, we've been totally ineffective in telling it like it is. I know we have the entire MSM against us, but instead of figuring out a way to work around them, we've just laid down and taken it. The one good thing to come out of yesterday is that we can get rid of our limp "leadership" and get some fighters in there.


46 posted on 11/08/2006 7:39:39 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: roses of sharon

"The MSM hates Conservatives, and they always get what they want."

Don't be so down. The MSM can be beaten, and we DID beat them in the 2004 election. We failed to beat them in this cycle. But we'll have another chance to crush them in two years, and I for one will welcome the opportunity.


47 posted on 11/08/2006 7:44:14 AM PST by blitzgig
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To: My2Cents

The Rove legacy: Assume the base will follow you and then fail to lead.


48 posted on 11/08/2006 11:21:10 AM PST by samtheman (The Democrats win and the Islamofacists dance in the streets.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Couldn't agree more.

Sometimes you kinda wonder what these people were drinking or smoking? Looks like someone was calling the shots from somewhere (the RNC?) for the last several years that was a complete incompetent and had his head stuck the whole way up his ass! No group can do this poorly unless they work at it.

I've seen this before in organizations that mature and someone, usually young, gets put in a position of power and he does not know nearly as much as he thinks.
49 posted on 11/09/2006 12:52:13 PM PST by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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