[Marxism] Allen Concedes, Giving Democrats Control of Congress
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Thu Nov 9 13:40:21 MST 2006
Now responsibility for what the Congress does cannot be fobbed off
on the Bush administration. The Democratically-controlled Congress,
both houses, will now be responsible for what comes out of there,
or what doesn't. Whatever the intentions of the Democrats, there's
a broad public sentiment in the country seeking a change in direction
for the United States. Rumsfeld's resignation was Bush's throwing a
sop at that sentiment. Meanwhile, the Democrats are not in any big
hurry to bring the troops home now. Most of the Democrats ran on
the basis that they could do a better job at actually accomplishing
what both sides agreed to do. But as the situation on the ground in
Iraq and Afghanistan make clear, and as the U.S. solidiers continue
dying in the vain hope that the people in foreign countries will stop
resistint the American Way of Life, neither the Democrats nor the
Republicans may be able to hold back public pressure for change as
it mounts. And it will mount because people don't like liberators
who come bearing bayonets! Will this administration, for example,
be seriously able to build a physical all around the United States?
Imagine the image that would send to the people of the planet!
Only Cubans would have a free pass to enter if the wall were to
be build. Perhaps some public scrutiny may finally happen to the
special rights, special privileges and special advantages which
Cubans get and no one else would get. Let's hope that someone
somewhere will begin talking about such things as the still mostly
unknown Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. For more details on that:
Los Angeles, California
Allen Concedes Virginia Senate Race
Giving Democrats Control of Congress
November 9, 2006 3:19 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. George Allen conceded defeat to challenger
Jim Webb Thursday in his re-election bid, sealing the Democrats'
takeover of the Senate and concluding a dramatic fall for a one-time
top-tier presidential contender.
Mr. Webb had claimed victory early Wednesday morning after election
returns showed him with a narrow lead. Messrs. Allen and Webb both
scheduled news conferences Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Allen chose not to demand a recount after initial canvassing of
Tuesday's results failed to significantly alter Mr. Webb's lead of
about 7,200 votes out of 2.37 million ballots cast. The results won't
be official until they are certified by the State Board of Elections
on Nov. 27.
State law allows candidates to request a recount at government
expense when the margin of victory is less than half a percentage
point. Virginia has had two statewide recounts in modern history,
resulting in changes of only 37 votes last year and 113 votes in
Following Sen. Conrad Burns' loss in Montana, the Virginia contest
was the last undecided Senate race in the country. Webb's victory
gave the Democrats control of 51 Senate seats and majorities in both
the House and Senate for the first time since 1994.
Meanwhile, after a bitter campaign that sometimes got personal
between the president and Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become
House speaker, the two had a makeup luncheon at the White House.
Appearing publicly in the Oval Office after an hour of private
discussions, the pair emphasized finding common ground and ignoring
talk of bedeviling specifics, such as their division over the Iraq
war. They took no questions.
Neither Mr. Bush nor Ms. Pelosi, however, completely ignored that
they often disagree. "When you win, you have a responsibility to do
the best you can for the country," Mr. Bush said, with Vice President
Dick Cheney sitting on a couch to his left. "We won't agree on every
issue, but we do agree that we love America."
"We both extended the hand of friendship and partnership to solve the
problems facing our country," added Ms. Pelosi, like the president,
eagerly leaning forward in her chair. "We have our differences and we
will debate them ... but we will do so in a way that gets results."
Mr. Bush extended the lunch invitation after this week's election
that will put Democrats in charge of the House and the Senate for the
final two years of his presidency. Earlier, after meeting with his
cabinet and Republican leaders from the House and Senate, the
president ticked off a to-do list for the current Congress before
January's changeover in power. (Read the statement8)
It included: spending bills funding government's continued operation
"with strong fiscal discipline and without diminishing our capacity
to fight the war on terror;" legislation retroactively authorizing
his warrantless domestic surveillance of suspected terrorists; energy
legislation; and congressional approval for a landmark civilian
nuclear cooperation agreement with India and for normalizing trade
relations with Vietnam.
Democrats appeared to have completed their sweep Wednesday evening by
ousting Republican Mr. Allen, the last of six incumbents to lose
re-election bids in a midterm election marked by deep dissatisfaction
with the president and the war in Iraq.
In the House, Democrats won 230 seats and led in two races, while
Republicans won 196 seats and led in seven races. If current trends
hold, Democrats would have a 232-203 majority -- 14 more than the
number necessary to hold the barest of majorities in the 435-member
chamber. Without losing any seats of their own, Democrats captured 28
"In Iraq and here at home, Americans have made clear they are tired
of the failures of the last six years," said Sen. Harry Reid of
Nevada, in line to become Senate Majority leader when Congress
reconvenes in January.
The shift dramatically alters the government's balance of power,
leaving President Bush without Republican congressional control to
drive his legislative agenda. Democrats hailed the results and issued
calls for bipartisanship even as they vowed to investigate
administration policies and decisions.
As watershed elections go, this one rivaled the Republican takeover
in 1994, which made Newt Gingrich speaker of the House, the first
Republican to run the House since the Eisenhower administration. This
time the shift comes in the midst of an unpopular war, a Congress
scarred by scandal and just two years from a wide-open presidential
Mr. Allen lost to Democrat Mr. Webb, a former Republican who served
as Navy secretary in the Reagan administration. A count by The
Associated Press showed Mr. Webb with 1,172,538 votes and Mr. Allen
with 1,165,302, a difference of 7,236. Allen was awaiting the results
of a statewide postelection canvass of votes and didn't concede the
Democrats will have nine new senators on their side of the aisle as a
result of Tuesday's balloting. Six of them defeated sitting
Republican senators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Rhode Island,
Montana and Virginia. The other three replaced retiring senators from
Maryland, Minnesota and Vermont.
Their ideologies are as varied as their home states. Bernie Sanders,
an independent who will replace Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords, is a
Socialist who has served in the House and voted with Democrats since
1990. Bob Casey Jr., who defeated Republican Sen. Rick Santorum in
Pennsylvania, is an anti-abortion moderate. Webb once declared that
the sight of President Clinton returning a Marine's salute infuriated
Besides the Webb-Allen race, the Montana Senate contest also was too
tight to call early Wednesday. But by midday, Democrat Jon Tester
outdistanced Republican Sen. Burns, who had to fight off campaign
miscues as well as his ties to Jack Abramoff, the once super-lobbyist
caught in an influence-peddling scheme. Mr. Burns conceded defeat to
Mr. Tester on Thursday, acknowledging that a tight election had gone
to the Democrats' favor.
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