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Wednesday, November 8, 2024
By Dr. Steven Taylor

There is little doubt that yesterday’s results were as much about national issues as anything else. As such, the major papers are appropriately noting that yesterday was very much about President Bush.

The NYT: A Loud Message for Bush

Everything is different now for President Bush. The era of one-party Republican rule in Washington ended with a crash in yesterday’s midterm elections, putting a proudly unyielding president on notice that the voters want change, especially on the war in Iraq.


Nearly 4 in 10 voters said they saw their ballot as a vote against Mr. Bush, about twice as many as those who said they had cast their ballots for him. It was a remarkable turnaround for a president who just two years ago emerged triumphant from his re-election campaign, declaring that he had earned political capital and intended to spend it.

Indeed–and capital he squandered, at best.

The article correctly notes that there were also issues of Republican incompetence and corruption that were of issue in yesterday’s vote as well.

WaPo has a similar story: A Voter Rebuke For Bush, the War And the Right

Overall, 59 percent of voters surveyed in a news media consortium series of exit polls yesterday expressed dissatisfaction or anger with the Bush administration; 36 percent said they cast their vote to express opposition to Bush, compared with 22 percent who were voting to support him. Fifty-six percent of voters support withdrawing some or all U.S. troops from Iraq, which will embolden Democrats pushing for a pullout.

Corruption proved to be a more potent issue than it had appeared even weeks ago. After 12 years in control, the Republicans who took power with Gingrich promising to sweep out a calcified and ethically bankrupt Democratic leadership found themselves perceived as becoming what they had tried to expunge. Exit polls found 41 percent of voters rated corruption “extremely important” to their decision.

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    1. Thank god Rummy’s gone!

      Comment by Ratoe — Wednesday, November 8, 2024 @ 12:01 pm

    2. Best of all: Madison can rest in peace again.

      Comment by Matthew — Wednesday, November 8, 2024 @ 2:08 pm

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