Is President Bush losing his clout? That is the question that many republicans should be asking themselves, especially if they are going to run for election during the 20-06 midterms. With the defeat of both republican gubernatorial candidates in Virginia (a really red state) and New Jersey (the race had been very close). The problem is, that President Bush visited the Republican candidate, Kilgore, in Virginia the night before the November 8th election. For Bush this is really unfortunate, because it shows that the Meyers debaucle, the White House CIA leak, and the indictment of I. Lewis Libby (yes I got the name wrong last time); has had a major effect on Bush's clout with the public. Really the only wins for conservative Republicans and President Bush are: The election of Incumbant Republican Mayor Bloomberg;a constitutional amdenment banning of gay marriage in Texas.
With the public approval of the new Texas amendment (almost 3:1 margin) and the defeat of the Maine amendment, many conservatives are probably asking themselves could they take this to the national level? This is because Texas is the 19th state in the Union that has made gay marriage illegal. While this is not 2/3 of the United States. Could this time for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage? It possibly could be, with almost 2/5 of the states having some sort of ban on gay marriage; and Maine,a 2004 blue state, rejecting discrimination on gays.
For Democrats, the same question has to be asked, "Is President losing his clout?" If he is, it is time to get out new democrats try the young bloods to take over those republican seats. If you try to use democrats who have been in power a long time, and they lose their election against a Republican, it would be a setback for the Democrats. On the selection of new blood, I am certainly partial for it because I would like to run for office and this could be the time to do it even though I have only served my high school when it came to public office. Seriously though, it is time to get out some young blood, people who are outside of the beltway or just general outsiders that understand how the govenment works in theory.
Things are changing in the country, and while it might not be President Bush's fault he will certainly get a large share of the blame. Is this fair? depends if you believe in kharma, if you do then you probably believe it is fair for Bush to get the blame. Democrats must pounce on this victory and make United States voters believe that Bush is wrong and HOW Democrats can change it. If the democrats really want to throw things back in Bush's face, they should tap from his 2000 campaign and fight to get rid of the scandals in DC.