The Nation, After the Election
The Republicans got the beating that was predicted. Quite frankly, I think that they probably deserved to lose. The Party leadership was warned long ago that members were not happy with how they running Congress. They should have listened.
Why did the Republicans lose? Opinions were varied but most pundits mentioned spending, immigration, judges and the Iraq war.
The Iraq war was mostly criticized for it's handling, not the fact we were at war. Hey, if you're going to war, go big or stay home. Cut out that stupid PC crap, winning "hearts and minds". If you want to win you have to destroy the enemies first, rebuild later. On immigration, President Bush didn't get his way, so he dropped the whole thing. Congress let him get away with it. They didn't work very hard at getting border security up and no efforts at all in making legal immigration easier or dealing with the illegals currently in the US. In regards to spending, the Republicans spent as if they were Democrats. Republicans should have stood by their promise of fiscal responsibility. When it came to getting judges confirmed, the Senate Republicans just rolled over. It was infuriating to see judges languish because the Republicans didn't have the guts to stand up to the Democrats.
It all comes down to the lack of Republican leadership in the House and Senate. Now that the leadership got a slap upside its head, I hope they'll start looking for real leaders who will defend the principals of the Republican party and stand up to Democrats instead of morphing into them.