Battlepanda: Focus 2006


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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Focus 2006

An interesting article looking forwards to the midterm:
Not since 1994 has the party in power -- in this case the Republicans -- faced such a discouraging landscape in a midterm election. President Bush is weaker than he was just a year ago, a majority of voters in recent polls have signaled their desire for a change in direction, and Democrats outpoll Republicans on which party voters think is more capable of handling the country's biggest problems.

The result is a midterm already headed toward what appears to be an inevitable conclusion: Democrats are poised to gain seats in the House and in the Senate for the first time since 2000. The difference between modest gains (a few seats in the Senate and fewer than 10 in the House) and significant gains (half a dozen in the Senate and well more than a dozen in the House) is where the battle for control of Congress will be fought.

Now, I would say most of the damage done on the Republican side are self-inflicted thus far. Whether or now Democrats can capitalize on this self-inflicted damage depends on whether they can sell themselves as a strong and viable alternative. The ball is in their court.