In this case, I really don’t know who to blame — the Congressman in question or the Washington Post. Could easily be both, and maybe it’ll be corrected later, which is why I want to capture it now, as my additional emphasis below will highlight. But if this was a copy/paste from the original document, there you go:
“These races were not in New Jersey or New England, where Republican erosion has taken place over the last decade. They were in the heart of the Bible Belt, the social conservative core of our coalition,” Rep. Tom Davis (Va.) fretted in a 20-page memorandum given to House Republican leaders yesterday and provided to The Washington Post.
“Members and pundits, waiting for Democrats to fumble the ball so that soft Republicans and Independents will snap back to the GOP, fail to understand the deep seeded antipathy toward the President, the war, gas prices, the economy, foreclosures and, in some areas, the underlying cultural differences that continue to brand our party.”
Remember, one must plant one’s antipathy in fertile ground. Though it is certainly true that the current president has helped provide much in the way of fertilizer.