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Friday, November 10, 2006

Haunted By Their Own Words

As we look back at the historic Democratic landslide that has reverberated across the country, we're taking a look back at what Republican candidates, elected leaders, and party officials have said over the last few months (before the election) and have a chuckle or two at their expense.

Today, we're going to have some fun with State GOP Chair Diane Tebelius.
"I don't ever think that [money] is the defining issue," Tebelius said, noting her party has "probably the best crop of candidates we've seen in years."

- Tebelius, November 2nd, 2006 (Seattle Times)

"I don't believe we'll see a tsunami here."

- Tebelius, November 3rd, 2006 (Associated Press)

"The momentum shift is clearly in the Republican direction on a national level - our base is 'coming home' and that is critical in the closing days of this election."

- Tebelius, November 6th, 2006
(Washington State Republican Party press release)
Really, Diane? When your spokesperson sent out that news release, did you really think that the momentum was on the side of the GOP? Or were you just saying that to project confidence?

There never was a groundswell of polls or any other believable indicators showing that Republicans were making up lost ground. A few pundits tried vainly to assert that the tide had turned - or something of that nature. They were proved completely wrong on Tuesday night.

Mike McGavick got crushed worse than George Nethercutt did two years ago. Democrats cleaned Republican incumbent legislators out of suburban and rural districts around the state. Right wing initiatives were rejected by voters.

There never was any "momentum shift" "in the Republican direction". Tuesday's decisive results have certainly dispelled any such laughable notion.

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