2010 Midterm Election Analysis

The election of 2010 is history – but was it historic? As with so many events that appear in retrospect to have been pivotal, we will not know the impact of the 2010 midterm elections until we have the opportunity to judge the policy and political consequences of that vote. In the short term, what does the new order in Washington mean for the upcoming lame duck session of Congress? What can we expect to come out of Washington in the next Congress? The most significant long-term consequence will be this election’s impact on the 2012 Presidential race. What does history tell us about the meaning of the midterm on the subsequent Presidential election?

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