- 9 Nov 06, 04:25 PM
If Donald Rumsfeld had been "let go" a few months ago, would the Republicans be facing such a desolate political landscape today?
That's the question being asked by some bitter party stalwarts who appear to believe the Senate, at least, would still be theirs if Rummy had gone in time for the Republicans to make political capital from the move.
But others disagree (by the way, I think we're going to see a lot of this over the next two years: disagreement amongst Republicans, amongst Democrats, between the two parties and between Congress and the White House).
Look at the exit polls. Yes, Iraq was a big factor, but so was corruption.
Conservatives were so fed up with the ethics of the party leadership that even putting Mr Rumsfeld up against a firing squad might not have changed their actions.
These elections have revealed chasms in both parties - now the battle begins for who controls the centre ground. It's going to be a fascinating two years - not pretty, but fascinating.
Katty Kay is a presenter on BBC World
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