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Chris Bowers releases a modestly titled election forecast.

Michael Barone thinks 1966 may be a more apt comparison than 1994 for the Democrats.

Tom Jensen takes an early look at 2012 primary polling in Super Tuesday states.

Pew finds most Americans have no idea who is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Neil Glassman notices women spending more time on social media than men.

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

Yes, I think if the GOP gains seats in 2010 it will be because of Americans unwilling to deal affectively with change. Democratic presidents usually lose in their first term either because they didn't do enough, like Jimmy Carter, or many believe have accomplished something historic like Obama has. Obama has accomplished a huge landmark health care bill, that no other president since LBJ had accomplished. Medicare and Medicaid were big fears in those days in the late 60's, as a move towards European socialism; sound familiar? Lets face it, Americans are flighty, and impressionable and they deal with social legislation in peculiar ways. Unlike 2010, another war called Vietnam was in it's infancy, and the Neo-cons of the time won seats in those parts of the country that feared the Red Menace.

Some of the peace candidates in the house and senate like the Russ Feingold's and Patty Murray's of that era, were very opposed to Vietnam and some paid the price at the polls for that. Vietnam was more or less thought of to be a quick war like Korea, but that didn't happen.

Bill Clinton had not passed landmark legislation like Obama has, but the conservatives did quite a number to him like they are trying to do now.

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dpearl:

"...because they didn't do enough, like Jimmy Carter"

I think the Camp David Accord's in September of 1978 before the mid-terms in Carter's term were quite substantial. After 32 years, still the most significant Middle East treaty ever signed.

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StatyPolly:

So pollster.com now honors requests from the audience?

Cool

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Farleftandproud:

"dpearl:
"...because they didn't do enough, like Jimmy Carter"

I think the Camp David Accord's in September of 1978 before the mid-terms in Carter's term were quite substantial. After 32 years, still the most significant Middle East treaty ever signed."

I like Jimmy Carter personally and he did accomplish peace in the middle East and did a lot of good for the country, but when it came to trying to pass landmark legislation on HCR, and fight inflation he could have tried harder. I think the fact that Ted Kennedy went against him in the primarly and lost split the Dems, which is why Reagan won in the landslide in 1980.

Carter never got to pick a Supreme Court judge, and in his first two years was a little too cautious at staying in the Ctr. Times have changed years later, and Obama like Carter still had to pick up the pieces of an unpopular war, but Vietnam was over when Carter became president, but the Johnson/Nixon ways of escalating that war had many Americans frustrated.

Obama still has 2 wars to fight and in his heart of hearts would like to bring the troops home ASAP, but he knows that he would still get too much critisism for cutting and running.

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