Question: What does increased violence and ultimately more American soldiers killed get you?
Answer: Control of the House and (maybe) the Senate.
Al-Qaeda and Co. learned their lesson from their experience in Spain. They tried to scare Americans with another attack last August which was successfully foiled (fortunately).
Failing in their attempt to strike Americans directly, they simply hit the ones closest at hand–our brave soldiers in Iraq. And the American electorate obliged their efforts, effectively attempting to appease the terrorists in the mold of Chamberlain’s Britain and France.
Fortunately we still have our Winston Churchill–President Bush, who also has elements of President Truman. When Harry Truman left office his approval rating was hovering around 20% (Bush has still got him beat by more than double). He was fighting an unpopular war and had an adversarial Congress.
Truman stood up to the threat of spreading communism and now, 50+ years later, historians and the public generally regard him as being among the top 10 Presidents in American history.
We can’t see into the future and predict how history will judge President Bush. But we are going to go out on a limb and predict that it wont be as harshly as some of today’s ignorant critics. They call President Bush the worst President in American history, but they can’t see past Watergate (Richard Nixon) and Vietnam. If they could, they might see Harding or Buchanan.
Now, having said that, this election is not the complete repudiation of President Bush and the War on Terror that mainstream media pundits would lead you to believe. Most of the Democrats who beat incumbent Republicans were moderates. Many of them, like Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, are actually pro-life.
And this is where this election gets interesting.
Americans elected moderate Democrats over Republicans. In so doing they put in power those Democrats who had been in Congress the longest. Who has been in Congress the longest? Democrats serving in districts that are overwhelmingly liberal. Thus, though America votes moderate, they get a leftwingnut liberal in control of chairmanships. See Exhibit A: Nancy Pelosi. She’s from an extremely liberal district in San Francisco. Think she’s in touch with most Americans?
But there is a bright spot.
In Rhode Island, Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee lost to his Democratic challenger. Senator Chafee was notoriously anti-war. Meanwhile in Connecticut, our man, erstwhile Democrat turned Independent, Joe Lieberman (note: pro war supporter of Bush) was re-elected over Ned Lamont. Remember Lamont? He was put forward as the new generation of Democratic candidate, the kind that would win the House and the Senate for the Democrats.
Fortunately for us and the country, that kind of Democrat didn’t win on Tuesday. It was the moderate, pro-war Democrat Joseph Lieberman who beat back the anti-war crowd.
On a bad day for conservatives and Republicans, we can at least be grateful for that.
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