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Charles de Gaulle liked to say that a statesman should not be a demandeur; should not ask for favours, but should be in a position to say no. He knew what he was talking about, having had to do a lot of asking in France?s desperate years after the fall of 1940, and having got a good deal of mileage out of saying no when the tables turned.
America has always fascinated me ? from its music, culture and sit-coms to its politics.
At the same time I have become more bemused and mystified in recent years at the way American politics is portrayed and understood across Britain.
American midterm elections have given Republicans 231 seats out of a total of 435 in Congress, whilst the Democrats retained limited control of the Senate
Set against a backdrop of continued economic distress, the emerging Tea Party movement, and mercurial public opinion of President Obama, many observers correctly predicted that this month?s elections would effect a reconfiguration of partisan power in Congress and among the governorships.