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2014 Midterms: Another
Six-Year Senate Sweep?

American Magazine, by Michael Barone

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/11/2014 12:17:08 PM

The conventional political wisdom is that presidents tend to suffer serious losses in Senate elections in their sixth year in office. Presidential coattails swept in a certain number of senators of their own party in their first election, and when those senators come up for reelection six years later — in a time when typically dissatisfaction with the president has grown — some of them are swept out of office. This theory gets superficial confirmation when you look at Senate elections in presidents’ sixth year in office. George W. Bush’s party lost its majority in the Senate in his sixth

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Grampstosix, 7/11/2014 12:37:44 PM     (No. 9919891)

With the way things are you would expect a Pub blowout in 2016 but you can´t count on it with the incredibly weak leadership at the helm.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 7/11/2014 12:42:09 PM     (No. 9919896)

Yes, the GOPe seems curiously intent on dampening mid-term enthusiasm and turnout among conservatives.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/11/2014 12:45:10 PM     (No. 9919901)

Not weak, corrupt. MS

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/11/2014 12:56:31 PM     (No. 9919913)

I refuse to join the Eeyore brigade. Yes, I hope for the "six-year Senate sweep" Barone discusses. And I sincerely hope a GOP control of the Senate
shuts down the poseur in our White House, and repeals/revamps/tweaks where necessary in the disastrous laws the Dem Senate passed while we were out of sufficient clout.

If my optimism is painful to those who would rather moan, I offer no apology.

Then...on to a victorious 2016. I will support whatever names lands on the GOP ticket.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: DaddyO, 7/11/2014 1:39:33 PM     (No. 9919958)

Problem is, just like with Clinton in 1998, the republicans have already picked up all the swing seats. Bush had 6 years before the country soured, Obama and Clinton had 2.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chance_232, 7/11/2014 2:40:08 PM     (No. 9920044)

Look ........ all of the histories that we look at to fortell the future ignores one glaring fact. The press. At no time in the past has the press ever gone all in for a political party, to the point of activly campaigning for the progressives and activly denigrating republicans, conservatives, christians and constitutionalists.

Had the press done its job in an unbiased or at least somewhat fair manner, the 2004 election wouldnt have been close, Obama wouldnt have won the 2008 nomination, let alone the presidency and 2012 would have been a Romney blow out. Sarah Palin would be a patriot and not a dumb as a rock carribu barbie. If they were doing their jobs now, Obama´s approval rating wld be in the 20´s. (at best)

We, as a country, are in uncharted territory. As best I can figure, for historical reference, we have to look to the Roman Empire or pre-nazi Germany to get a glimpse of where we are haeading.

So we can navel gaze over what "should" historically happen, or come to terms with conditions as they currently exist. Current conditions, in my opinion, tell me that we are heading to violence, civil unrest and eventual civil war. We are now a country governed no better than most bannana republics, cheerleaded by true believing press and three general population groups. Two of those groups are phylosophically opposits that can not co-habiate ad the third group that cant be bothered.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tennman, 7/11/2014 3:04:11 PM     (No. 9920092)

The last 2 cycles the pubbies have surely managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. I sure am hoping there´s no 3-peat but am not confident.

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