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.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
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.
I think this claim against Bush is unfair. I don't think he's had this attitude. What he has face is obstructionism to his policies at every turn, and when he faced it with the war, he forced the Dems to vote for it, which made them mad. When he faced obstruction on judges and legislation, he was very pliant. He should have been kicking butt and taking names.
Dems to America ""Vote for us...We're not them!"
R's to America "Vote for us...We're not them!"
Only one problem with your well thought-out analysis: The Media wing of the democrat party--otherwise known as the Mainstream Media (or as I prefer: Democrat Media).
I'm not sure what she is, but I never found anything much conservative about her views. She is usually carried in papers that lean far left as the token "conservative." She does look conservative compared to the socialists and commies since she's part of the mushy middle only leaning a little to the left.
That may be it. I think I've been in moonbat-land too long!
Here's some info on her... http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Debra_J._Saunders
It seems she's worked for Republicans in the past.
Well, we sure got a lot of "my way or the highway' from the last administration, and we will still have it with the next one. Bush considers it leadership on what he was elected to do. I cringe to think her heinous will too.
But other than that important issue...I knew conservatives were in trouble when the very first piece of legislation he signed was an education bill with Ted Kennedy. And the rest: immigration, pork barrel spending...a loser for conservative.
(He did earn a B in my book on judicial appointments though)
Reason enough to vote for him, even if he never did anything else.
The 'culture war' continues...and we need conservatives on the court.
I can understand why you cut the article off at this sentence. God help us if the GOP goes in this direction (I know, he is referring to Bush in this article, not the entire GOP). There won't be enough gold in Fort Knox to cover the bill.
When I hear the so called Bush mantra of "my way or the highway" I'm thinking of it coming from Democrats, the left and the media. None of your points have anything to do with this meme put out by them. Conservatives/Republicans and Delay weren't the ones putting out this little catch phrase.
Feel free to try again.
JERRY: Kramer, are you drinking that milk?
JERRY: What's the expiration date on that?
KRAMER: September third.
JERRY: The third?
GEORGE: and SUSAN: The third?
KRAMER: Um, Uh, ugh, ...
SUSAN: Noooo... [Kramer throws up on Susan]
GEORGE: I never should have brought her up there. Should have known better. Should have seen it coming. I didn't see it coming.
JERRY: I think SHE saw it coming.
No, you didn't. Be an adult and admit it.
"Rove, you Sukin Syn!"
Somehow, it just doesn't have the same ring to it...
Um, leopards have spots, tigers have stripes. ;-)
Yup, you are correct... pardon the mistake. I meant Leopards.
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