Republican victories

June 19, 2006 at 10:41 am

Michael Barone points out some encouraging news for Republicans:

Things are looking up for George W. Bush, and maybe for his party.

The Democrats failed to win the special election in the 50th congressional district of California June 6. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed on June 7. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald announced he would not seek an indictment of chief Bush adviser Karl Rove on June 12. Bush made a dazzling surprise trip to Baghdad on June 13 and followed up with a confident press conference the next day. The Senate voted 93-6 on June 15 and the House 256-153 on June 17 against U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

A turning point in the president’s political fortunes? Maybe. But I’m inclined to think that Bush and the Republicans were not in quite as much trouble as most in the press thought, and I’m not sure these developments will produce an immediate surge in Bush’s poll ratings.