Skip to comments.SAUNDERS: Didn't see it coming
Posted on 11/09/2006 7:52:57 AM PST by SmithL
YES, I THOUGHT the GOP would do better Tuesday -- I certainly didn't see 28 (as of this writing) House seats going to the Democrats. I thought the GOP was sure to retain the Senate. Democrats beware, however, if you think this was a victory for your party. As Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen noted in a conference call Wednesday morning, Dems won the House by picking candidates who were "running away" from liberal Democratic positions. Independents, who rejected President Bush and congressional GOP leaders, have not signed on to soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda.
Yes, I am disappointed. I strongly believe that the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, which some Democrats support, would consign the more than 2,800 U.S. troops who have died in Iraq to the dubious honor of proving that America is a paper tiger. As Bob Ayers of Chatham House, a London-based foreign-affairs think tank, puts it, "History clearly proves, as with Chamberlain's compromise with Hitler at Munich, that compromise only emboldens the radicals."
Still, as unhappy as I may be, I have to acknowledge the dose of wisdom behind the voters' verdict. The message I hear is that voters want Washington pols to stop fighting among themselves and get to work. They're sick of Bush's "my way or the highway" approach to policy. They want the president to do a better job of managing the government with which they have entrusted him.
. . . Wednesday's announcement that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is leaving shows Bush has now heard the message. Whether Bush has the capacity to make more changes remains to be seen.
If Bush is seeking a model, he need look no further than Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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A Dimster that grasps these new Dims from the red states aren't what they were hoping for. And that gridlock is more likely than anything.
This is an incredibly ignorant statement. The dems have the House & the Senate but they didn't win???? What planet.....sigh.
And then the effort to say that "conservative" issues or candidates won for those Dems who did win.
But Arnie Schwarzie isn't a Pub running as a liberal????
River in Egypt.
>>If Bush is seeking a model, he need look no further than Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Great....a chicken in every pot and a solar panel on every roof.
With luck we can fry the chicken on the solar panel. :>)
Thanks, one shows ones character during difficult times; lots of folks here are showing thier character or lack thereof.
All I got from the bluebloods was lip service...and a promise of a fence without funding, that may never be fulfilled....
The sad thing is that we lost to a party without a message and without a unifed voice. It wasn't like in 1994 when the encumbant power was swept out by a well organized nationwide campaign. The Dems didn't have that. But neither did we. We didn't put out much of a message or a vision either so in essense the Dems beat nothing with nothing. Imagine what would have happend had the Dems run a better campaign and silenced their bozos?
As I recall from the movie Patton, the whole quote was in reference to General Rommel (the exalted "Desert Fox") and it went "...Rommel you magnificent bastard, I've read your book", meaning he knew before hand how Rommel would respond. The Dems have attempted to obstruct all progress in congress, have obstructed the war on terror since a few months after 9/11, and have successfully laid the blame for gridlock in DC on the Republicans. They have politicized everything and yet have succeeded in pointing the finger at Bush for polarizing the country. We failed to either read their book or respond with an effective campaign in opposition to their disingenuous yet effective tactics.
I'm pretty sure Debra Saunders is not a Dim. They have her on KSFO all the time and she sounds pretty conservative to me.
I suspect he meant that Dems did loose because they won on conservatism not liberalism. Unfortunately, the voting public has been fooled. Tigers do not loose its' spots.
I agree. The Dems have said we have no credibility among other nations. How will the US regain credibility in the eyes of the world by abandoning people to whom we gave hope?
33,686 American lives were lost in the Korean non-war that ran from 1950-1953, yet we didn't abandon South Korea.
There is no doubt that the program will be to maintain the Korean Republic.Why is Bush wrong, but Truman was right?
South Korea is still free......
Because Truman was a democrat, silly!
I would just like one person to clearly demonstrate how Bush was doing this. Give me ONE legitimate example and NOT a Dem talking point wish. Anyone.
"Chicken in every pot." Don't forget that WE in California are now the only Kyoto signers in the country -- well, Arnold WISHES we'd sign Kyoto. The only Global Warming State. Fantastic. Amazing. Totally Delusional. Schwarz is about as conservative as, as, as ... Hilary.
You know this meme that the democrats won these races because the candidates are conservative is just really stupid politically.
Why would they need to be replaced then? If it's a local race, all they have to do is throw up quotes from all the Republicans about what wonderful conservatives they are when they run for re-election the first time.
They're both right, but Bush's job is harder than Truman's was. It's assymetrical warfare. Plus you didn't have CNN doing ride-alongs with NK soldiers.