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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How wrong could I be?

Apparantly 100% wrong.

The senate could still go Republican but it is tight with Webb having made incredible gains as the end neared. I wonder whether Liebermann will now switch to the GOP, his pick-up of republican votes must have said something to him.

So what does this mean for the next couple of years in America? God knows and I certainly don't. I know that some (such as the boys at QandO) were hoping for a measure of gridlock in the government - they may well get it now.

Of course this could actually be a dream result for George Bush. Faced with a war in Iraq that seems to be increasingly spiralling towards civil war and 'defeat' for the Americans the prospect of a Democratic House and Senate that he can blame that defeat on is something of a Godsend. If in the next two years the US manages to turn things around in Iraq somehow, he can claim a victory despite being hindered by a hostile Congress; legacy assured. A lot depends on what the Dems say and do, although they cannot effect foreign policy overmuch they need to be seen to be doing something to sort out the situation over there. What that is, well, they have to figure that out.

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