Election 2002: Looking Ahead To 2004

DEMORALIZED DEMS are licking their wounds, seeking a message--and jockeying for position

Punch-drunk. Terry McAuliffe must have been punch-drunk. After seeing a Republican President gain congressional seats in a midterm election for the first time since 1902, the Democratic National Committee chairman offered a woozy bit of spin: "I could make the argument that George Bush should have done a lot better last night." McAuliffe was not the only one finessing the results. "This country is still in the upheaval of 9/11," said dethroned Senate majority leader Tom Daschle. "The war in Iraq, the North Korean situation--all of that probably precluded us from having the opportunity to break through with the issues we...

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