The county’s congressman, Democrat Sam Farr, essentially blamed Bush’s victory on the status of the education system nationwide.
“I think if the rest of the country had invested in higher education like California, you would have had a more educated electorate and a California outcome in the rest of the country,” said Farr, who easily won re-election Tuesday.
Farr said the election left “nothing changed” in Washington, with Republican control of both houses of Congress and the White House.
How the country will fare, he said, “all depends on the way President Bush decides to govern. If he wants to do as he did the last four years, I see a very contentious Congress. If he tries to reconcile the country, everybody will try to get behind him.”