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Deja Vu
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The chairman of The American Conservative Union, David Keene, writes in The Hill that this years' Congressional elections are starting to feel a lot like 1994. But this time, it's the Republicans who could lose their majority.

The elements are all there. A series of Republican ethical scandals. Bad poll numbers. Declining presidential popularity. A base that is fracturing.

One difference though, is that no one—except Michael Barone—predicted the Republican tidal wave that struck in 1994, with Republicans gaining 52 seats, and a subsequent decade in control of Congress. This time around, though, a lot of people with Rs after their names are increasingly worried, and openly speculating about losing control of the House.

The interesting question is whether the Republican House leadership will—or can—do what is necessary to avert that outcome.
 
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Honestly, I cannot see at this point if it would make a whole lot of difference. Bush is now a lame duck, both in name and realtive power. His administration did the right thing on a few big issues, but basically screwd up most everything else.
The Dems might seive the house and then try to impeach him, and that will just ensure that they are kicked out again in two years.
 
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seize the house, although I might like to seive it also.
 
Written By: kyle N
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The bigger difference is that in 1994 the GOP was promoting a positive, forward-looking message.

Yet it appears to me that most Democrats dread taking steps away from their fever swamp support.

That may change however...
 
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Well there is ONE difference as someone has alluded to, in that in 1994 the Republicans had "The Contract With America." Right now, even though since 2005 the Democrats have been PROMISING one, the Democrats have only "George Bush is a Doodie-Head" as their program.
 
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