What the Wave Giveth, The Wave Taketh Away

Nov 3, 2010 8:44am

Analysis by Amy Walter:   At a very basic level, the 2010 election was simply the flip side of the 2006 coin. Partisans motivated by their dislike of the current administration combined with a soured independent vote to turn the blue map red. More than 60% of the Democratic losses were in seats carried by Sen. John McCain.   And, just as in 2006 and 2008, it was the moderates who bore the brunt of the wave.  In ’06/’08 it was northeastern Republicans who were ousted. This year, it was Blue Dog Democrats. At least half of the Blue Dog caucus was ousted, including its leader Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) as well as a lot of long-time incumbents like Reps. Gene Taylor (MS-04), Allen Boyd (FL-02) and John Spratt (SC-05).  This, of course, means a much more polarized House and even fewer opportunities for bi-partisan co-operation. Meanwhile, for all the talk of “outsiders” taking over Washington, the new Republican class in the Senate is comprised of, well, a bunch of insiders. Rep. Mark Kirk (IL), Roy Blunt (MO), Jerry Moran (KS) and John Boozman (AR) and ex-Reps. Rob Portman (OH) and Pat Toomey (PA). Tea Party poster boy Marco Rubio in Florida is a former state House speaker. North Dakota’s new Republican Senator, John Hoeven, is the state’s current Governor. And, in Indiana, an ex-Sen. Dan Coats, is now a Senator once again. Mike Lee (UT), who ousted GOP Sen. Bob Bennett, served as general counsel for former Governor Jon Huntsman. Of the true “outsiders” just two,  Rand Paul (KY), Ron Johnson (WI) have won. In the end, voters wanted change, but they didn’t want drama. 2010 Election Maps: Results from the House, Senate and Governors’ Races
         

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