GWB lack of action leading up to the 2006 election gave the house to Pelosi and the dems. Almost immediately after the election GWB relieved Rumsfeld ( who had wanted to leave govt earlier ) and put in Gen Petraeus who immediately had a great impact on the war. If this had been done 6-12 mos. earlier, the repub could have held on to the house. Instead, there was no momentum leading up to the election as the public had become weary of the poor progress of the war. This delayed action paved the way for O.