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Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 1 comment

Mid-term reversals are not the norm, but an oppositional Congress is

Balance of power

You might hear pundits say mid-term reversals are common. Not so much.

It did happen in 2006 (Bush) and 1994 (Clinton) and 1986 (Reagan). We’re talking once per decade.

But in 2002 (Reagan), the White House picked up the Senate; it flipped the other way.

From 1955 – 1981, the Senate was solid D, regardless of the White House incumbent. [icopyright one button toolbar]

Contrary to popular belief, most of the time (in modern political history) Congress and the President are at odds; that is, most of the time the same political party does not control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Only 13 times (26 years) since 1945 have both branches of Congress and the Presidency been controlled by the same party; the Democrats have held this advantage more often than Republicans (11 to 2).

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balance of power

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  • sheknows

    Thank you for the history Kathy. The last time we had three of a kind was back in 1930 when we were run into the ground during the great depression. While I cannot imagine a Republican President, I couldn’t imagine this either, given the way the “polls” showed people gave congress a 10% approval. Guess the R’s had to ramp up their suppression tactics when they heard that over two years ago. And they did.

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