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Do three "October surprises" mean a midterm Republican rout? If so, that might be the end of the Dowd thesis. Plus look out for Michael Bloomberg

By Tumbler   November 2006

October surprises for the Dems

The Democrats, who always fear that the machiavellian Republicans have an October surprise up their sleeves to grab a quick jump in the polls for the November election, can hardly believe their luck. All three of this year’s October surprises went their way. The first was Bob Woodward’s new book State of Denial that depicted the Bush team as feuding incompetents who have botched Iraq. The second was the intervention by veteran Republican senator John Warner, chairman of the armed services committee, who came back from an Iraq trip to say things were getting worse…

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