This from Gallup:
Democrats Have Upper Hand for the Moment
Majority want Democrats rather than Bush to have the most influence
A new USA Today/Gallup poll reflects very positive positioning for the Democrats in the minds of the American public -- at least for the moment. Americans are almost twice as likely to have a favorable opinion of Democrats as they do of Republicans, and a strong majority says they want the Democrats in Congress to have more influence over the direction of the country than President Bush.
Additionally, Bush's job approval rating, now at 33%, is just two points away from being the lowest of his administration.
Who Should Control?
Data from the weekend USA Today/Gallup poll ratified the basic results of the election: Americans want Democrats to be in control.
Asked who they want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year, Americans by a two to one margin said the Democrats in Congress rather than Bush.
While we debate the nuances of the exit polls and this group of voters, or that candidate's positioning ofr 2008, let's not miss the forest for the trees. Elections have consequences, and this election puts enormous pressure on the Bush WH that even the media can't gloss over. Suddenly Democrats have a platform, and that means they have a voice.
Bush Faces New Calls to Shift Policies On Mideast
New Pressure as President Meets With Iraq Study Group
President Bush came under new pressure yesterday at home and abroad to alter his policies in the Middle East. British Prime Minister Tony Blair pushed for a broader Arab-Israeli peace initiative to help stabilize Iraq, while the incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee pledged to take a hard line on seeking early troop withdrawals.
Bush offered little indication that he is planning to adjust his approach, telling reporters gathered in the Oval Office that "the best military options depend upon the conditions on the ground" in Iraq. The president also met for more than an hour with former secretary of state James A. Baker III, former representative Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.) and other members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, which is looking to chart a new course in the war.
Stories like that don't happen in a vacuum. We're a week out, and while Bush remains President and C-in-C, the terrain has shifted both in DC and in the media. All of a sudden there's new ideas and new directions on the table. Whether they're obvious or brilliant or unworkable, the election is already beginning to pay dividends. Making the most of it is the next set of tasks, and knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em remains an art form. Nonetheless, for the moment, the public wants Democrats to do what they're doing, and there's no harm in letting Republicans know that about, say, every hour.