President Bush has characterized his victory as a “mandate”, when in fact the vote was highly polarized. Now there are signs that top Republicans in the US Senate have a better ability to count and to compare numbers.
First, Senator Specter from PA, the heir presumptive to the chair of the Judiciary Committee, indicated that he will not apply an abortion litmus test to Judicial nominations made by the President. Although there was an initial backlash among Republicans, it now appears that Specter will likely get his chairmanship.
Attention, Karl Rove: unlike election officials in Ohio and Florida, US Senators can count.