Why The Democrats Won the 2006 Midterm Election

Why The Democrats Won the 2006 Midterm Election - GOVT 318...

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GOVT 318 Alexander V Frieden Martin Schefter 4/30/08 Why The Democrats Won the 2006 Midterm Election: Because the Republican’s Lost The 2006 midterm election was characterized by an all out democratic takeover. Democrats won the majority of the seats in both the house and the senate, taking 233 seats in the house and 51 in the senate, assuming we count both independents as democrats based on how they caucus. This massive overhaul was caused by two main sentiments of the public: dislike for President Bush, who serves as the figure head of the Republican Party, and dislike for congress. Each has had its fair share of widely publicized criticism in the years preceding the election. The issues covered most by the mass media are the ones which end up deciding the election. From the early 2000s to 2006 the media, and therefore the public, shifted its focus from "moral issues" to Iraq, political scandal and the laziness and incompetence of bush and of the members of congress. The republicans lost the 2006 congressional midterm election because of numerous widely publicized incidents which provoked a vote of no-confidence in the executive and legislative incumbency. According to the CNN exit poll from the 2006 election 61% of voters disapprove of how congress is handling its job and because the 109th congress as a republican controlled congress, this reflects very poorly on the republican party as a whole, and correlates to the ousting of republicans from their seats in both the house and the senate. Reasons for disliking the actions of congress include a plethora of scandals and a more general negative public perception of what congress had hone during its tenure. 1
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GOVT 318 Alexander V Frieden Martin Schefter 4/30/08 The scandals congress was entangled with included bribery, indecent sexual conduct with children, and cheating of the Native Americans, among others. On republican representative, Duke Cunningham, was indicted for accepting over 2.4 Million dollars in bribe money. The Washington Post called the Cunningham affair "the most brazen bribery conspiracy in modern congressional history." This blatant display of unscrupulousness disgusted many Americans into voting against the current congress. As did Jack Abrimoff's theft from the American Indians and all of his other interactions with Tom DeLay and other congresspeople and staffers. There was even one scandal involving a democrat. William J Jefferson's office was raided by the FBI on suspicion of corruption. Despite his status as a democrat, his corruption adversely affected the republicans because it furthered the public view of a corrupt republican controlled congress. When it comes down to it the incumbent party always gets blamed for the actions of the full body. Of all the scandal to hit congress this decade, no scandal was more widely covered or
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course GOVT 3181 taught by Professor Shefter, m during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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