From CitizenLink.com (a Focus on the Family site): Election 2006 Brings Major Power Shift

Election 2006 Brings Major Power Shift

Dems take leadership of the House; fate of Senate awaits.

The election is history — Democrats regained control of the House for the first time in a dozen years, while it was not clear whether Republicans would keep control of the Senate.
Thirty-three Senate seats and all 435 spots in the House of Representatives were up for grabs. Thirty-six states chose their governors.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is expected to become Speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes in January, thanked voters for helping Democrats pick up at least 15 seats from the Republicans. Many more are expected.

“From sea to shining sea, the American people voted for change,” Pelosi said. “Today, we have made history, now let us make progress.”
Some pro-life congressmen, like Ohio’s Steve Chabot, survived the Democratic onslaught and will be coming back to Capitol Hill in January — but many key pro-family defenders won’t.

In Indiana, Republican John Hostettler, the author of the Public Expression of Religion Act, lost to his Democratic challenger. In Kansas, Rep. Jim Ryun, a well-known pro-family lawmaker, went down to defeat. In Pennsylvania, which suffered a political meltdown, pro-family congressman Curt Weldon and a strong pro-life leader, Rep. Melissa Hart, both lost their seats. And stalwarts like J.D. Haworth in Arizona, and Kentucky congresswoman Anne Northup, won’t be back as well.

Phyllis Schlafly, president of Eagle Forum, said the election was a referendum on President Bush, pure and simple.

“He’s trying to run an unpopular war,” she told CitizenLink. “But I don’t understand why someone who’s unhappy about Bush would vote against some of these good guys who are trying to hold the line on pro-family issues. But they did.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the change is extremely disappointing for pro-family conservatives — and will not be welcome news for their agenda.

While he agreed voters turned the election into a referendum on the president, the war and the scandals in Congress, he is still holding out hope.

There is still a chance the pro-family agenda is not dead on arrival.

“I think it is a setback for this administration, the Republicans losing control of the House,” Perkins told CitizenLink. “But, if Republicans can hang onto the Senate, we’ll have split-government gridlock in Washington.”

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