Thursday, November 09, 2006

Combat Fatigue at the Ballot Box

“Whenever the party in power takes a hit in the midterms, it takes refuge in the past,” writes history columnist David Greenberg in Slate, assessing Tuesday’s rout of Republican’ts in the U.S. Senate and House. “Since the governing party almost always loses seats in off-year races, the president is said merely to have fallen prey to the ineluctable tides of history--much in the way that presidents who face economic depressions disown any blame by fingering the all-powerful ‘business cycle.’” But, he adds, “plans to invoke the six-year itch [this time around] ought to be scratched.”

Read the whole Slate article here.

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