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Where the Democrat losses stand on the scale of mid-term defeats

AS THE dust settles after the mid-term elections on November 2nd, it will be only mildly consoling to Democrats that they have clung on to the Senate. Barack Obama’s party lost more seats than Lyndon Johnson’s Democrats during the Vietnam war or Harry Truman’s Democrats just after the second world war. But Democrats of a more optimistic nature will look at how Bill Clinton’s party bounced back after 1994, or how George Bush junior’s Republicans triumphed in the mid-terms after the attacks of September 11th 2001, and note that fortunes can turn quickly in politics. For Republicans it is a moment to enjoy, before the party turns its attention to the presidential race in 2012.

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Written by Theophyle

November 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

Posted in The Economist, USA

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