Is Bush Overconfident About 2006 Results?
Kenneth T. Walsh of U. S. News and World Report noted today that the White House is seemingly overconfident about the GOP's chance of holding onto power next month, to the point of not having a plan if they wake up on November 8th to see a Democratic congress.
Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7–a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.
"They aren't even planning for if they lose," says a GOP insider who informally counsels the West Wing. If Democrats win control of the House, as many analysts expect, Republicans predict that Bush's final two years in office will be marked by multiple congressional investigations and gridlock.
"The Bush White House has had no relationship with Congress," said a Bush ally. "Beyond the Democrats, wait till they see how the Republicans–the ones that survive–treat them if they lose next month." GOP insiders are upset by Bush's seeming inability to come up with new ideas or fresh approaches. There is even a heightened sensitivity to the way Bush talks about advisers who served his father.
At least these guys are consisent. They didn't plan for post-war Iraq, and now Bush and Rove are whistling past the graveyard here at home.