As other Republicans fret, President Bush continues to express confidence that Republicans will retain control of Congress, noted the Sunday Washington Post, and Karl Rove is saying that Republicans will lose only eight to 10 seats in the House and that a Democratic takeover in the Senate is "inconceivable." "The question is whether this is a case of justified confidence -- based on Bush's and Rove's electoral record and knowledge of the money, technology and other assets at their command -- or of self-delusion. Even many Republicans suspect the latter."
That said, the San Francisco Chronicle examines how Bush and a Speaker Nancy Pelosi would work together if Democrats take control of the House. "[T]here is little evidence of warmth, respect or policy agreements between the two. It is hard to imagine Pelosi and Bush, after demonizing each other for political purposes, developing the relationship forged between Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill and Republican President Ronald Reagan, who waged bitter policy battles during the 1980s but came to admire each other and build a friendship."
Vice President Cheney travels to Kentucky, where he'll address a rally with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell and headline a closed-press fundraiser for vulnerable GOP Rep. Geoff Davis at a private home.
The New York Times peeks at Tony Snow's weekend fundraiser Hastert: "even as the Republican establishment revels in his celebrity… Mr. Snow's extracurricular activities are making some veteran Washington hands, including those with strong Republican ties, deeply uneasy." That said, "[t]here was, for the record, not a shred of red meat in Mr. Snow's whirlwind performance Saturday night."