Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Democrats Brace for Midterm Election Losses

"Few issues in American politics are as supercharged as health care, and when presidents choose to touch the subject, a surge of high voltage often scorches not only the chief executive, but his party in Congress.

In 1966, after President Johnson had pushed Medicare through Congress the year before, the Democrats lost 47 seats in the House and four in the Senate.

In 1994, after first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to overhaul the nation's health care system, Democrats lost 54 seats in the House and seven in the Senate as Republicans swept in with the "Contract With America."

President George W. Bush managed to get burned when tackling a similarly gassed-up issue. Mr. Bush - declaring he had political capital from his 2004 re-election that he was going to spend - sought to revamp Social Security, Republicans lost 30 House seats and five in the Senate in 2006."

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