Midterm Elections

Senate Republicans Want the GOP to Make All Sorts of Promises It Can't Keep
May 27, 2014

A new "Contract With America" will only lead to more counterproductive overpromising.

Republicans' New Midterm Strategy: Obama Is a Lawless President
May 12, 2014

Obamacare is out. Obama's supposed lawlessness is in.

The GOP Got What It Wanted In North Carolina, But Its Problems with Right Wingers Are Far From Over
May 07, 2014

Thom Tillis might become a senator. But the Republican party's conservative movement problem runs deeper than losing Senate primaries.

A GOP Senate Candidate Blows The Lid Off Conservative Racial Politics
May 06, 2014

You won't believe what the GOP's favorite North Carolina Senate candidate said about people on welfare.

Democrats Can Overcome Their Midterm Fatalism—If They Get Over Themselves
April 29, 2014

New political science research suggests Democrats' can get over their midterm election blues--if they try.

Obamacare's Success Is Destroying the GOP's Midterm Strategy
April 20, 2014

Republicans can't just scream "Obummercare!" and hope a friendly electoral map does all the work.

Bang or Whimper?
November 15, 2010

WASHINGTON—The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation. Congress faces an enormous amount of unfinished business, largely because of successful GOP obstruction tactics during the regular session. Republican senators who declare themselves moderate helped block action on important bills, objecting either to provisions they didn't like or to Democratic procedural maneuvers. Thus did Sens.

Live By the Movement, Die By the Movement
November 09, 2010

More than candidates are defeated in elections. So are ideas. The Democrats’ heavy losses in the midterm elections may now force a reassessment and overhaul of the Barack Obama political experiment. Whether the president has the dexterity and fortitude to navigate through the harsher Washington political environment of the next two years will determine his survival. Clearly, the hopes and dreams that propelled Obama to the White House are in disarray.

Job Loss and Liberal Apathy
November 05, 2010

Why did the Democrats decisively lose this election? It’s not really a mystery. The 2010 midterms were shaped by three fundamental factors: the poor state of the economy, the abnormally conservative composition of the midterm electorate, and the large number of vulnerable seats in conservative-leaning areas. These trends cost the Democrats their House majority but were not strong enough to sweep them out in the Senate. What’s interesting is who voted for the Republicans and why.

Election By Numbers
November 05, 2010

The election is over, which means it’s time for pundits to cram the outcomes into a narrative. But why let the talking heads have all the fun? Below are some of the highlights from the election—told by the numbers. Did the Blue Dogs lose big? Did Sarah Palin’s chosen candidates sweep their races? And how did incumbents fare in the most anti-incumbent election … possibly ever? Election results are as reported by The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon. Palin endorsement data comes from The Washington Post’s Palin Tracker.

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