From the this-shouldn't-be-surprising-anyone department (hat tip wits0)
From the desk of Kofi Annan's spokesman:
From: Stephane Dujarric Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:59 AM
Subject: Spokesman's Morning Headlines -- Wednesday
SPOKESMAN'S MORNING HEADLINES FOR WEDNESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2006 ...
US-ELECTIONS: Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives and defeated at least four Republican senators yesterday, riding a wave of voter discontent with President Bush and the war in Iraq. But the fate of the Senate remained in doubt this morning, as races for Republican-held seats in Montana and Virginia remained too close to call as Election Day turned into the day after. (NYT online) Virginia is facing a likely recount. (BBC)
Democratic gains in Congress were seen around the world Wednesday as a rejection of the U.S. war in Iraq that led some observers to expect a reassessment of the American course there. The shift in power also was seen as a signal in some capitals that the United States would put a greater emphasis on trade policy and human rights. (AP) ...
Apart from controlling the purse strings, it is unlikely, given the nature of the U.S. presidential system, that a Democratic majority in Congress would influence the direction of the current administration's foreign policy in the last two years of its tenure. (Washington Times)
Everything is different now for President Bush. The era of one-party Republican rule in Washington ended with a crash in yesterday's midterm elections, putting a proudly unyielding president on notice that the voters want change, especially on the war in Iraq. (NYT analysis)
Whatever this election accomplished, it did nothing to end the rancor and distrust that define current American politics. Yet, as the campaign went on (and on) there was one issue on which people from both parties appeared to be finding common ground: Donald Rumsfeld has to go. (NYT ed)
Is it just me, or does the mood over at Turtle Bay seem downright jubilant right now? Perhaps the U.N. thinks they'll be getting more support ($$$) now?Nice to know that those US taxpayer dollars are put to such good use at the United Nations.