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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

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Frustrated Ambitions: The George W. Bush Presidency and the 2006 Elections

Steven E Schier1

1Carleton College

Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 4, Issue 3, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1142, December 2006

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The 2006 elections dealt a strong blow to the sizeable political and policy ambitions motivating the George W. Bush presidency. Bush's attempt to entrench a conservative political regime in national politics now faces its greatest peril. In particular, Bush's "political capital" is much reduced by Democratic control of the House and Senate. Bush's assertion of his formal powers will also receive greater challenge by Congress. It is now up to future GOP presidents to achieve Bush's extensive regime ambitions.

Keywords: presidency; leadership; political parties

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