Power Shift in House

By: Kristen Ross
By: Kristen Ross

A day after the American people went to polls, signs of change in Washington are already underway. The most noticeable difference is the Democratic party re-capturing the House for the first time since 1994.

However, both party heads remain certain they can work together.

President George W. Bush stated, "I'm confident we can overcome the temptation to divide this country between red and blue."

"We pledge a partnership with the Congress, Republicans in Congress with the President and not partisanship," said Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi.

News 3 political analyst Blanche Brick says the election needs to be put into perspective historically.

"In the midst of World War II in 1942, (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) lost 46 seats in the House and 9 seats in the Senate and he came back to lead the United States to victory in World War II," said Brick.

Brick also says similar trends can be seen with both the Reagan and Wilson administrations, and that the President now has to find a way to work with a Democratic majority in the House.

Brick said, "If he can make the decision to become more of an FDR pragmatist, and working with the House and the Senate and less of a very non-compromising Wilsonian, I think he will have far more success."

With the announcement of the resignation of Rumsfeld, Brick believes the President has made the first step to working with the newly-elected House, a move many Democrats have been clamoring for over the years. This, she said, could be the first step in drawing the two sides closer together.

"I think it's basically a message that both parties need to move towards the center," said Brick.


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