mid-term elections 2006
The Democrats take both the
House and the Senate
Added on December 14, 2006
In the 23rd southwestern Texas
District, the Democrat Ciro D. Rodriguez has defeated the Republican Henry
Bonilla. The Democrats control now 233 seats in the House, the
Republicans only 202.
Article added on November 13, 2006
It took the majority of American voters until the
mid-term elections 2006 to realize that the current president is the
worst and most incompetent anybody alive has witnessed. The Bush
Administration has a disastrous record, at least in the fields of defense
and foreign policy. Too many Republicans have followed their leader
for too long like sheep.
When the Republicans conquered
the Congress in 1994 and, even more so, after they took the White House with
George W. Bush, they claimed to occupy the moral high ground. After 9/11,
they wanted to spread democracy and human rights in the Middle East.
Instead, they brought torture and chaos.
Bush should have fired and even indicted both Ashcroft and Rumsfeld. Instead
he chose to appoint Alberto Gonzales as the new Secretary of Justice,
rewarding one of the key figures in the torture scandal with a top job. Bush
himself will be accountable for the torture scandal, if not to a judge, at
least to history.
In Afghanistan, the situation is
not encouraging with the Taliban on the rise and heroin production on
record levels. In Iraq, US troops have been unable to restore order once
they changed the regime and captured Saddam Hussein. North Korea has
executed a nuclear test and Iran risks to develop such a weapon in the
The Rumsfeld doctrine, putting emphasis on high tech weapons, air strikes
and highly mobile forces, has not worked out in Iraq. It seems that the
Secretary of Defense even wanted to invade and control Iraq with as less as
60,000 soldiers. In the end, some 130,000 to 160,000 troops were sent into
the country. They are unable to control the territory and they cannot count
on the support of the population, a key factor in order to successfully
combat insurgents and terrorists. The Powell doctrine, named after the
former Secretary of State, put the emphasis on an overwhelming force, with a
key element being ground forces. In the case of Iraq, the military requested
some 400,000 troops.
The balance sheet of the Bush administration would be even worse if
the senators John Warner and John McCain had not had the courage to stand up against their president who wanted to legalize
torture. Still, the Bush Administration has managed to produce the worst
moral disaster since Vietnam and Watergate, Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo being
two infamous keywords in this matter. The worst of all, thousands of
innocents have paid with their lives for the incompetence of the US leaders.
A revealing detail: President George W. Bush only learned after his 'axis of
evil' speech from exiled Iraqis that there is a religious divide in Iraq
between Sunnites and Shiites.
After the mid-term elections of November 2006, the Republicans have lost
both the House and the Senate to the Democrats; in the Senate two
Independents will be allied with the Democrats, giving them a 51:49
lead over the Republicans.
Since President Bush's Waterloo was largely due to the mishandling of the
war in Iraq, after having refused Rumsfeld to resign twice, this time
the president had to replace the Secretary of Defense, last but not least in
order to allow a fresh start in his relations with the Democratic opposition
which now controls the Congress. Still, Bush looks pretty much like a lame
duck for the rest of his term.
In the 2004 election, the Democrats run with the slogan 'Anybody but Bush'
- and lost. In November 2006, they were still unable to present a coherent
alternative, but the public was fed up with the current administration to
the point that it did not matter anymore.
In addition to the foreign and defense policy disasters, less than a decade
after Clinton's impeachment for a minor affair with an intern, the
Republicans and the Conservative and Evangelical right also lost the moral
high ground in domestic affairs. Some
scandals also touched the Democrats, but at their epicenter were the
Republicans, last but not least because they controlled power.
After the scandals surrounding the lobbyist Jack Abramoff,
of which the Republican House
Majority leader Tom DeLay became a prominent victim in a campaign funding
came the ones
regarding pederasty and gay sex implicating Mark Foley and Ted Haggard.
At the same time hundreds of billions of dollars fizzled out in Iraqi sand,
without yielding any peace dividend. The fact that the U.S. unemployment
rate sank to 4.4% in October was not a sign positive enough because it was
upset by a slowdown of the economy in the third quarter of 2006 to an
unexpected growth rate of only 1.6%, mainly due to a 17.4% slump in house
Since the administration has been unable to deliver both on the domestic and
the foreign affairs front, it is no wonder its representatives in both the
House and the Senate had to pay the price.
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