In recapturing control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House, Republicans both defied midterm election history and threw the Democratic Party into a soul-searching tailspin. President George W. Bush, who campaigned strenuously in key states in an effort to "nationalize" what are typically local elections, has been given credit for this triumph. Assigning blame among the Democrats is more difficult, although House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt has...
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