November 5, 2010
Posted by -Paul Mirengoff:powerlineblog.com
Charles Krauthammer sees Tuesday's election results as a "return to the norm" in which "a center-right country restore[d] the normal congressional map." But I find it difficult to view this election as defining the normal map.
I say this mostly because the election occurred under abnormal (I hope) economic conditions. When the country votes in the shadow of almost 10 percent unemployment, the outcome is unlikely to tell us where things stand politically in normal times.
In addition, the party in power typically (though certainly not invariably) suffers losses at this stage of the cycle. And this president and his party demonstrated an extraordinary disregard for the will of the electorate, which had been communicated clearly through public opinion polls and the election of Scott Brown.
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