From Gigot’s Rove column:
A big debate among Republicans these days is who bears more blame for 2006 — Messrs. Bush and Rove, or the behavior of the GOP Congress. Mr. Rove has no doubt. “The sense of entitlement was there” among Republicans, he says, “and people smelled it.”
Does it really matter if congressional Republicans were responsible for 49 or 51 percent of the disaster? My own sense is that Iraq would have cost the Republicans the House by itself, but the (accurate) perception that congressional Republicans were mostly in it for themselves compounded the losses.