"Mission accomplished," the electoral edition

The president warns against the dangers of premature celebrations -- then promises a GOP victory in November.

Published October 25, 2006 3:57PM (EDT)

During his press conference this morning, the president complained that too many people are acting like the midterm elections are already over. The Democrats, he said, are "measuring drapes" and "dancing in the end zone" when they haven't scored a touchdown yet.

Now, we're all for avoiding premature declarations of victory -- we've all been down this road before -- but George W. Bush has been guilty of that sin before, and he wasn't shy about partaking in it again today.

Bush said unequivocally today that the Republicans are "gonna win" on Nov. 7. When a reporter asked if he'd say otherwise if he believed, in his "heart of hearts," that the Republicans weren't going to prevail, Bush said: "We're not going to lose."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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