Looks like Many Have Democratic 2006 Midterm Election Buyers Remorse … Who is the Big Winner? Fred Thompson.
After the sweeping victories by Democrats in the 2006 midterm election the Democrats thought they had it made. They boasted that the election was a repudiation against conservatism and a swing toward democratic liberal ideals. Ahh, WRONG!
A funny thing happened on the way to the 2008 elections … the Democrats lost their 24 point lead over GWB as the stronger leadership force in Washington, DC. The Democrats forgot the cardinal rule of putting politics ahead of government. Its not about the election and winning power. Its what you do with that power and the leadership one shows. Its about the leadership, stupid.
The Democrats in Congress have lost much of the leadership edge they carried out of the 2006 midterm election, with the lack of progress in Iraq being the leading cause. Their only solace: President Bush and the Republicans aren’t doing any better.
Six weeks ago the Democrats held a 24-point lead over Bush as the stronger leadership force in Washington; today that’s collapsed to a dead heat. The Democrats’ overall job approval rating likewise has dropped, from a 54 percent majority to 44 percent now — with the decline occurring almost exclusively among strong opponents of the Iraq War. (ABC News)
So much for those first 100 days Nancy, as its your own party who have turned on you.
Many Democratic activists have complained that the 2006 midterm election results represented a call for a course change in Iraq and that so far the Democratic-controlled Congress has failed to deliver. (Washington Post)
Is it buyers remorse? It sure seems to be as as the Democrats, as predicted in the run up to the midterms, were all talk and promises with no leadership. Out of the gate, Nancy Pelosi had many blunders HERE, HERE and HERE. So much for that “ethical” Democratic clean up of Washington.
Their decline in leadership ratings vs. Bush is more broadly based — that’s occurred among war opponents and supporters alike, apparently reflecting more an assessment of their performance than an expression of support or opposition.
One thing is for certain, the low approval ratings of GWB and the Congress play right into the hands of those Republican candidates that are not presently part of the “Inside the Beltway” crowd. The political climate is playing right into the hands of Fred Thompson. Is it any wonder why Fred Thompson is gaining traction? As Democrats fracture with the far left battling the center, Fred Thompson will unify Conservatives and Republicans over the immigration issue. People want strong leadership, they grow tired of idle promises.