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AFP: Bush Is “Battered” After “Sweeping Defeat”

From France’s AFP:


Battered Bush to define role after sweeping Republican defeat

by Olivier Knox

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President George W. Bush was to address his Republican Party’s resounding election defeat after US voters handed the Democrats the House of Representatives amid deep anger at corruption and the war in Iraq.

After the setback to his Republican party, Bush planned to hold a press conference at 1:00 pm as his newly emboldened critics vowed to ask fresh questions about the unpopular conflict and challenge some of his signature economic policies.

The challenges could come fast. Rahm Emanuel, the architect of the Democratic victory, said early Wednesday that they will push Bush immediately for a new approach on Iraq, including demanding the replacement of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

"We think Iraq is the single greatest national security challenge in over two generations. We know this can’t be solved by trying to politicize this," Emanuel told NBC television, adding that the Democrats were backed by many Republicans in wanting Rumsfeld out…

A Democratic House could alter tax and spending legislation and trade agreements, conduct investigations into issues like the flawed case for war in Iraq and call Bush aides to testify at public hearings…

Recovering from a final campaign push that took him to 10 states over five days, Bush voted at the firehouse in his tiny adopted hometown of Crawford, Texas, Tuesday, and then flew back to Washington to await the judgment of US voters.

It came through both barrels: exit polls by six US media organizations found US voters citing anger at Washington corruption their top reason for casting a ballot, while many cited their disapproval of the Iraq war and Bush himself…

As Ann Coulter will point out in today’s column, in FDR’s sixth year the Democrats lost 71 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate. In Eisenhower’s sixth year, Republicans lost 47 House seats, 13 in the Senate.

In Kennedy/Johnson’s sixth year Democrats lost 47 seats in the House and 3 in the Senate. Bill Clinton lost a combined total of 49 House seats and 9 Senate seats in his two midterm elections.

Did the media of the day call any of them "battered"?

As Ms. Coulter also notes, in the years since 1914 the President’s party has on average lost 34 House and 6 Senate seats IN EACH MIDTERM ELECTION.

So it is yet another shameless media lie to call this a "sweeping defeat." Or to claim it has any special significance, let alone that it represents a spectacular Democrat mandate.

But the media must do their masters’ bidding, day in and day out.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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