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« on: October 19, 2011, 07:16:28 pm »
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use the advantages of incumbency to get reelected in 2010 the way the Democratic classes of 1974 and 1976 were able to survive the tough climates of 1978 and 1980?

Democrats lost 50 seats total in 1978 and 1980 and the strange thing about those losses were that in most cases, they were not members from the classes of 1974 and 1976.  They were mostly old timers who had lost touch with their districts like Al Ullman, Ed Beard, and Bob Eckhardt.  The classes of 1974 and 1976 mostly survived, even those in very Republican districts like Marty Russo, Floyd Fithian, and Tom Luken.

The question is, why couldnt people like Ron Klein, Baron Hill, John Hall, and Scott Murphy survive 2010 the way many past members in their situations survived 1978 and 1980 by using the advantages of incumbency?
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011, 07:19:06 pm »
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Because that was then and this is now.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2011, 07:55:48 pm »
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Because of The Wave of Tea Partiers.

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 08:00:40 pm »
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I think we are in an environment now where Congressional elections are more nationalized so it is harder for an individual incumbent to make the case that he is different from whatever people don't like about Congress.

I'm not sure how Democrats thought they could put up a liberal Speaker of the House from San Fransisco and a left-wing President from Chicago and expect that the rest of the country would just lie down and take it without a fight.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2011, 08:15:09 pm »
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I think we are in an environment now where Congressional elections are more nationalized so it is harder for an individual incumbent to make the case that he is different from whatever people don't like about Congress.

I'm not sure how Democrats thought they could put up a liberal Speaker of the House from San Fransisco and a left-wing President from Chicago and expect that the rest of the country would just lie down and take it without a fight.


Obama is not anywhere as left wing as your making him ought to be.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2011, 08:29:04 pm »
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Obama's temperament didn't exactly appeal to the ancestrally Republican districts many of those Democrats held.
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2011, 08:45:08 pm »
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Obama's temperament didn't exactly appeal to the ancestrally Republican districts many of those Democrats held.

Obama carried many of those districts. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2011, 08:55:51 pm »
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Obama's temperament didn't exactly appeal to the ancestrally Republican districts many of those Democrats held.

Obama carried many of those districts. 
Ancestrally GOP does not necessarily mean it is a McCain district or GOP-leaning PVIwise. Some good examples are the districts formerly held by Patrick Murphy, Steve Driehaus and Ron Klein.
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2011, 11:00:48 pm »
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the lesson of the 2010 districts is that you have to realize what districts you need to win to get a majority. In my opinion, I think the democrats in 06 and 08 should have withheld funding from incumbents in reactionary districts (think someone like Lincoln Davis) and made sure the can capture what I call the ancestrally republican "silk stocking districts" such as CA 50 or WA 8. At least in the silk stocking districts there is a brighter future as opposed to TN 4.
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2011, 11:20:59 pm »
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the lesson of the 2010 districts is that you have to realize what districts you need to win to get a majority. In my opinion, I think the democrats in 06 and 08 should have withheld funding from incumbents in reactionary districts (think someone like Lincoln Davis) and made sure the can capture what I call the ancestrally republican "silk stocking districts" such as CA 50 or WA 8. At least in the silk stocking districts there is a brighter future as opposed to TN 4.

Davis was one of my favorites...sigh. In his defense, most polls showed the outcome of his race would be closer than it actually was, so I can see why the DSCC spent money there. But I agree with you that districts like TN-04, OK-02, AR-04, etc. is moving aggressively towards the GOP.

I do think most of the House races last year were intensely nationalized. Republicans like Steve Palazzo and Vicki Hartzler were running against Nancy Pelosi, not Gene Taylor or Ike Skelton.
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2011, 08:17:39 am »
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I think we are in an environment now where Congressional elections are more nationalized so it is harder for an individual incumbent to make the case that he is different from whatever people don't like about Congress.

I'm not sure how Democrats thought they could put up a liberal Speaker of the House from San Fransisco and a left-wing President from Chicago and expect that the rest of the country would just lie down and take it without a fight.


Obama is not anywhere as left wing as your making him ought to be.

Don's just reading the talking points he's handed.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2011, 08:58:00 am »
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use the advantages of incumbency to get reelected in 2010 the way the Democratic classes of 1974 and 1976 were able to survive the tough climates of 1978 and 1980?

Defeated Democratic Senators from 1974 class:

John Durkin (New Hampshire)
John Culver (Iowa)
Richard B. Stone (Florida)
Robert Morgan (North Carolina)

What a great survivors Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2011, 12:17:03 pm »
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And to think that as recently as five years ago politicos were agonizing over the stultifying effects of incumbency advantage.
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2011, 12:20:35 pm »
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And to think that as recently as five years ago politicos were agonizing over the stultifying effects of incumbency advantage.

I suppose everyone misses the obvious, don't they? Especially at the time. The key point a few years back was that neither party was really trying outside a carefully selected list of marginals, which, with the benefit of hindsight and historical perspective, is the actual weird thing that needs explaining. Because it was never like that before the late 1990s.
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2011, 07:33:24 pm »
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I think that Democrats failed to go very against GOP. If Obama tried to be a true anti-Bush (closing Guantanamo...), liberal turnout, that gave victories in 2006 and 2010, would be higher. I think that if Democrats acted better, I can see Strickland, Sink, Feingold, Giannoulias, Sestak and White winning their races. Democrats could try to turn election at a referendum about welfare state. Another thing is that democrats acted too as social-liberals, what was very toxic at conservative districts. They could have tried to compromise on some things like abortion, thing that is impossible under Pelosi's speakership.
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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2011, 07:50:54 pm »
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use the advantages of incumbency to get reelected in 2010 the way the Democratic classes of 1974 and 1976 were able to survive the tough climates of 1978 and 1980?

Defeated Democratic Senators from 1974 class:

John Durkin (New Hampshire)
John Culver (Iowa)
Richard B. Stone (Florida)
Robert Morgan (North Carolina)

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I was talking more about the House classes. 
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2011, 09:20:21 am »
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The Republican Senate class of 1994 suffered a bloodbath in 2000. 5 incumbents lost, the same as 2008 and just 1 less than 2006.
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