|Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 14):
Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 13):
I have to say having a dominantly controlled goverment left wing or right wing may not be the best thing. Too much of one thing can be bad you always need balance that keeps things in the right perspective.
true, but it would give the GOP a taste of their own medicine, as in in the days when Bush had a republican controlled congress and that congress basically rubberstamped anything he wanted to do over the objections of the Dems.
Not quite true. The hasn't been a filibuster-proof Senate of either
party since 1978.
Also, the control of the Senate switched 3 TIMES
during the Bush years:
Up to mid-2001:
Senate had a slim GOP majority.
Mid-2001 to 2002 mid-term elections:
Senator Jim Jeffords of VT
switched from GOP to Independent thereby giving Democrats a slim majority in the Senate.
2002 mid-term elections to 2006 mid-term elections:
Majority power of the Senate returns to slim-GOP majority when Jim Talent of MO
is elected to the Senate in 2002.
2006 mid-terms to 2008 elections:
Democrats regain slim majority control of the Senate w/2 Independent Senators (one of them being Joe Liebermann of CT
) caucussing (sp? Spell Check is not working)
with the Democrats.
Long story short: the Senate had a higher GOP-majority and duration trhoughout most of the Reagan and Clinton years than during the W. Bush years.
Another item to add:
Had this not been a Presidential election, would the House and Senate election results been different?
IMHO (and I could be wrong on this) is that many voters just voted via party-ticket (it takes less time to press just one button or move just one lever than for several office postions than to do it individually or ticket-split. Hanging on one's coattails can do wonders.
Would Rep. Murtha of PA (not in my district), who blanketly insulted his constituents earlier this year, have gotten re-elected had it not been a Presidential race?
Would incumbent Democrats in Congress (who had majority rule for the last 2 years) with consistently lower approval ratings (at one point, it was 9%) than outgoing-President Bush, been re-elected had it not been a Presidential race?
Something to think about folks.
[Edited 2008-11-06 10:20:20]
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