posted on Oct, 19 2010 @ 03:11 PM
1946 Midterm Elections
House of Representatives:
Republicans = +55 seats
Republicans = +13 seats
The Republicans gained 13 seats in the Senate to give them 51 seats to the Democrats 45. In the House the Republicans gained 55 seats giving them 248
seats to the Democrats 185.
According to a new Rasmussen poll the Republican Party is set to gain a huge 55 seats in the House of Representatives and as many as 12 seats in the
Senate. If both events occur it would look just like 1946.
The House would have a makeup of 233 Republicans and 202 Democrats while the Senate would have 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats.
In 1946 the top issues were the War, Labor Unions, Big Government and Socialism. The citizens were very angry at the excessive growth of government,
the nation building, intrusion by Labor Union, what they saw as Socialism, price controls, government intrusion and rationing. This led to an angry
public who fought back against Harry Truman and the Democratic policies of 1946.
But why is 1946 so crucial when comparing it to today? Well the Democrats and Republicans were disliked in 1946 but the Democrats had control for 14
years so the people decided to give the power to the Republicans which prior to 1946 were assumed dead and the party could never return to power. But
they did and what came after that was a nightmare for the Republican Party. Harry Truman did such a good job with a Republican Congress that he was
re-elected and he kicked out the Conservative Coalition of Conservative Democrats and Republicans in 1948 and the Liberal Democrats took control of
In 1950 however the war in Korea hurt the Democrats and the Republicans retook the House and in 1952 with the landslide victory of Eisenhower the
Republicans retook both Chambers until 1954. From 1954 to 1994 the Democrats held control of Congress virtually every election.
Also what is similar between 1946 and 2010 is that the politics were extremely partisan where Democrats refused to work with Republicans and
vice-versa. So the question must be raised will this be 1946 election where Republicans make massive short term gains then lose it for 40 years? Or
can they take the Congress, both chambers and unlike 1946, hold them for a long time?
edit on 10/19/2010 by Misoir because: (no reason given)