Losing Seats in Congress?

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by Malum Prohibitum, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

    To read the newspapers and watch the news on TV, you would think that losing a few seats in Congress is some kind of referendum on the President.

    This is normal!

    Take a look at these numbers:

    "The average first midterm election loss for every elected president since 1914 is 27 House seats and three Senate seats. The average sixth-year midterm election, like this year, is much worse for the president's party, which typically loses 34 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate.

    This makes the average loss in two midterm elections for the party in the White House: 30 House seats and four or five Senate seats in each midterm election.

    In his first midterm election, George W. Bush picked up six House seats and two Senate seats -- making him, according to The New York Times, "the first Republican president to gain House seats in an off-year election" and only the third president of either party to pick up House seats in a midterm election since the Civil War.

    This means that for Democrats simply to match the historical average gain for the party out of the White House during the first and second midterm, they would have to pick up 67 seats in the House and 11 seats in the Senate. They're about 30 Mark Foleys short of having that happen."

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  2. Gunstar1

    Gunstar1 Administrator

    The only thing I have heard in the news about the economy is that the Bush tax cuts would not have made a difference to how well our economy is doing right now. (that is if they even mention that the economy is doing well since 9/11 happened and 2 wars are going on)

    So right after the Dot Com bubble burst after Clinton left and the economy went down, it was Bush's fault. Yet a good economy has nothing to do with Bush.

  3. Mike from Philly

    Mike from Philly New Member

    SunTzu says...Draw them in with the prospect of gain, take them by confusion

    Watch the action in the next couple of days as the Democrats think they've won and then Karl Rove pounces. This is Karl's last Presidential hurrah and should be one for the history books.

    My prediction .... Repubicans gain seats in House and Senate. They haven't earned them but the Democrats are very much worse.