Were Obama’s Routs By the Tea Party in 2010 and 2014 Inevitable?

When I left the US in 2009 to teach overseas, the Obama grassroots movement was basking in the pride of 2008 success, even winning my home state of North Carolina. It was shocking that this "movement" fell apart, didn't turn out for the midterms in 2010, or in 2014. I didn't know who or what … Continue reading Were Obama’s Routs By the Tea Party in 2010 and 2014 Inevitable?

A Close Look at 12 Republican Senators, 2 Democratic Senators Elected in 2010 and Up for Re-election in 2016

Back in January of 2010, I predicted that the Democrats, in keeping with historical trends, would lose five Senate seats. In reality, they lost seven seats (or six if you don't count Scott Brown's temporary victory). Let's look specifically at the Senate class of 2010. They are up for re-election in 2016: Mark Kirk, the … Continue reading A Close Look at 12 Republican Senators, 2 Democratic Senators Elected in 2010 and Up for Re-election in 2016