The removal of Donald Rumsfeld was either timed very poorly or very well depending on your viewpoint. If he was going to go- and was viewed as such an electoral liability - it would surely have been better to have done it a couple of weeks ago with Bush making his "new direction remarks" then. However, by resigning immediately it became clear that the results were perhaps worse than expected he has taken the rap for the loss of the Senate and House. This means that the newspaper columns are filled with Rumsfeld retrospectives rather than just acres of column inches about the results.
In the long term the Republicans may view yesterday as a blessing in disguise. The Democrats now have to deliver. Bush can spend the next two years telling the American people that he wanted to do a lot but was denied the chance by the Democratic Congress. The Republican nominee in 2008 will therefore be able to campaign on the basis that the Dems have been in charge and have made a right royal mess of things in the two years since they took control. Nancy Peolis and Hillary Clinton. The Republicans will be rubbing their hands with glee.
Rudolf Giuliani - Bring It On!
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