One of Axelrod’s minions paid us a visit last night:
ellen887, on November 3, 2010 at 1:16 am Said:
Hmmmm. republicans gain 56 seats in house (so far) and 6 seats in the Senate-hardly a bloodbath. In fact, the last time a Democratic congress lost seats was under Bill Clinton, with 54 republican gains in the house and 8 seats in the Senate. not much difference, and the economy back in ’94 was not nearly as bad as it is now.
You’re gonna keep hearing this meme. It’s the official meme of Obamanation and, as usual, it’s bullshit.
The election of 1994 didn’t reverse the trend of two previous elections where the Democrats picked up an average of 26 seats in the House and 7 seats in the Senate.
1990 – Democrats gain 7 seats in the House and gain 1 seat in the Senate.
1992 – Democrats lose 9 seats in the House and there is no net change in the Senate.
1994 – Democrats lose 54 seats in the House and lose 8 seats in the Senate.
2006 – Democrats gain 31 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate.
2008 – Democrats gain 21 seats in the House and 8 seats in the Senate.
2010 – Democrats lose at least 60 seats in the House and at least 6 seats in the Senate.
Not to mention that Bill Clinton only won 43% of the votes in 1992 while Obama got 53% in 2008.
The rise of Movement Conservatism began in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan. This coincided with a shift in American politics that saw the South turn solid red. Prior to 1994 the Democratic party controlled the House of Representatives for all but six of the previous 62 years.
In 1994 the Republican party was led by Newt Gingrich and was united behind his Contract with America which was a list of proposed reforms that were electorally popular. The GOP also took advantage of a number of scandals involving Congressional Democrats, as well as 20 Democratic retirements.
The elections of 2006 and 2008 were a mandate for change that the Democratic party has squandered with giveaways to the Malefactors of Great Wealth, broken promises and more of the same old, same old. The Republican party currently has an approval rating of around 25% and is internally fractured between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party activists.
This election was not a victory by the Republicans, it was a resounding repudiation of the Democratic party by the voters. Although the Democrats managed to hold onto the Senate that was largely due to the fact that relatively few Democratic seats were open or up for reelection.
In the House of Representatives the Democrats lost more seats than they gained in the previous two elections. They even lost Obama’s former Senate seat in Illinois! What was a massive shift to the left has now been turned into a massive shift to the right.
The Democratic chickens have come home to roost.