April 20, 2010 |
With just over six months to campaign, Democrats face a substantial risk of losing the House and surrendering much of their advantage in the Senate, as Republicans capitalize on strong discontent with President Obama and continued voter concern over jobs and the economy. The trend marks an erosion for Democrats since the beginning of the year, after the retirement of several senior lawmakers and the polarizing healthcare debate. Even recent signs of an economic rebound — the first glimmers of job creation, the stock market surge, a big rise in consumer spending — may not help Democrats, unless it translates into a significant drop in the unemployment rate by fall.
September 10, 2006
Jonathan Chait compares Europe during World War I with the 2006 midterm elections (Current, Sept. 3). He's more familiar with Great War battlegrounds than Pennsylvania's senatorial history, though. Six years ago, Democrats tried to "win back working-class voters who may be attracted to the party's economic platform but abhor the Democratic cultural agenda" with an anti-choice candidate. But Sen. Rick Santorum won while pro-choice Democrats stayed home and liberal Republicans stayed with their party because they saw no difference between the candidates.
January 1, 2010 |
After losing the White House and nearly 70 congressional seats in the last two elections, Republicans are poised for a strong comeback in 2010, with significant gains likely in the House and a good chance of boosting their numbers in the Senate and statehouses across the country. The results could hamper President Obama's legislative efforts as he prepares to seek reelection and reshape the political landscape for a decade beyond, as lawmakers redraw congressional and state political boundaries to reflect the next census.
November 7, 2010
Second-guessers miss their mark Re "How Obama lost his voice," Opinion, Nov. 3. All of the Monday-morning quarterbacks such as Marshall Ganz, who now decry President Obama for failures in leadership, overlook the horrendous obstacles he faced going in, plus various disasters such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and a minority in Congress resolved to see him fail. The initial problems were enough to topple anyone: a huge military complex committed to an unwinnable war; eight years of George W. Bush's coddling of failed lending institutions, including a last-minute bailout; tax concessions for the wealthy; and a healthcare system seriously underwater.
October 25, 2005 |
Argentina's ruling party dominated midterm elections seen as a test of President Nestor Kirchner's 2-year-old government, with his Peronist party picking up support in Congress and his wife, Cristina, winning a Senate seat. In one race, conservative soccer entrepreneur Mauricio Macri won a House seat in Buenos Aires, setting him up as a possible opposition leader to take on the center-left Kirchner.
July 22, 1987 |
The socialist New Democratic Party, taking advantage of a dramatic shift in Canadian political preferences, won three seats in Monday's midterm parliamentary elections, complete results showed Tuesday. NDP candidates were elected in St. John's East in Newfoundland, Hamilton Mountain in southern Ontario and the Yukon Territory. NDP candidate Jack Harris easily won the St. John's East seat, which had gone to the Progressive Conservatives for nearly 20 years.