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EDITORIAL SCANDAL SMACKDOWN VOTERS SAY ``ENOUGH'' TO ONE-PARTY CORRUPTION.

WHATEVER the issues that characterized individual midterm races across the nation Tuesday, what was on the minds of many Americans as they cast their ballots was the same thought: enough.

Enough of the culture of corruption that produces the scandal of the week in Washington.

Enough of extremism that polarizes the majority of the country.

Enough lip service to domestic problems like immigration and health care.

Enough of the lopsided one-party-rule system that has produced nothing but record debt.

And, most importantly, enough of ``staying the course'' in Iraq that has cost nearly 3,000 American lives and puts us in the middle of a bloody sectarian war.

Make no mistake: The defeat of Republicans from across the country was a flat repudiation -- a smackdown in the parlance of the pro-wrestling set -- of President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress.

Bush told us we were addicted to oil, then did nothing about it or even react to growing concerns about climate change.

He told us he supported comprehensive immigration reform, then capitulated to a weak Congress whose only answer was a 700-mile border fence.

And the administration's bungling of the war in Iraq has put American troops in a seeming quagmire with no indication that there is ever going to be a way out.

Americans were so fed up with the hubris in Washington that they were willing to take the chance on exchanging the party of bad ideas for the party of no ideas.

There's nothing new about this kind of midterm upset. It happened in 1994 when the Republicans gained control of Congress and many times before.

And -- let the Democrats cogitate on this one -- it will happen again. The public always can and will rise up and smack down its leaders when they become disconnected from the people.

Today, with their eyes on the 2008 presidential election, Democrats are talking about dealing with the people's problems in a bipartisan way. Let's hope that for once their actions will live up to their words.
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Date:Nov 9, 2006
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