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Ezra Klein Archive: 2010 Midterms

Will symbolism be enough for the tea parties?

Kevin Drum is puzzled by the way Speaker John Boehner is handling the effort to repeal health-care reform. "He's scheduling a quick vote with no hearings and no CBO scoring just so he can say he's done it, after which...

By Ezra Klein  | January 6, 2011; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, House  
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A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner

If you spent the afternoon watching C-SPAN, as I did, you heard applause. A lot of it. Over and over again. And when John Boehner took the podium to be sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives,...

By Ezra Klein  | January 5, 2011; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Congress  
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What was incumbency worth in 2010?

Apparently five percentage points, which is a lot lower than it's been in the past: Steve Ansolabehere and Jim Snyder estimate the incumbency advantage in the past set of House elections to be 5 percentage points. They estimated these the...

By Ezra Klein  | January 4, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Political Science  
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Why does D.C. care so much more about Pelosi than about Reid?

For all the hubbub over the decision House Democrats made to keep Nancy Pelosi, there's been almost nothing said on the decision Senate Democrats made to keep Harry Reid. But what's the difference? Pelosi might be a bit more...

By Ezra Klein  | November 19, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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Why wait to seat the new Congress?

I quoted it in this morning's Wonkbook, but Bruce Ackerman's op-ed calling for legislation to abolish the lame-duck session of Congress seems a little funny to me. It would make a lot more sense to just inaugurate members of Congress...

By Dylan Matthews  | November 12, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Congress, Government  
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How Joe Lieberman helped the Democrats lose the election

Since the election, there's been a lot of talk about what President Obama and the Democratic leadership could've done differently. I offered six ideas here. But there's been rather less discussion of what individual legislators could've done differently. Consider, for...

By Ezra Klein  | November 11, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Health Reform  
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Older Entries in This Category »

The secret about failed initiatives, Nicholas Beaudrot , November 5, 2010
House vs. Senate, Ezra Klein , November 3, 2010
The end of the 'do-something' Congress, Ezra Klein , November 2, 2010
Obama and Clinton, Ezra Klein , November 2, 2010
What drives elections?, Ezra Klein , November 1, 2010
Quantitative electioneering, Ezra Klein , October 26, 2010
Can you see the messaging effect?, Ezra Klein , October 26, 2010
The money problem, Ezra Klein , October 25, 2010
I, attack ad, Ezra Klein , October 19, 2010
Yet more on 'hardball', Ezra Klein , October 19, 2010
Dissents: Jack Conway's Aqua-Buddha ad, Ezra Klein , October 18, 2010
Nancy Pelosi's problem, Ezra Klein , October 14, 2010
Joe Manchin and the liberal brand, Ezra Klein , October 13, 2010
Tom Toles is worth a thousand words, Ezra Klein , October 12, 2010
Sharron Angle hires 'SNL' writing team, Ezra Klein , October 8, 2010
Stay weird, 2010, Ezra Klein , October 5, 2010
Midterm demographics cont'd, Ezra Klein , October 1, 2010
The demographics of 2010, Ezra Klein , October 1, 2010
The Democrats need a plan, too, Ezra Klein , September 23, 2010
Why the Democrats will lose the midterm election, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2010
Who will lead the Republicans?, Ezra Klein , September 17, 2010
Did the economy doom Fenty?, Ezra Klein , September 15, 2010
Explaining 'the enthusiasm gap', Ezra Klein , September 14, 2010
The midterm election in one graph, Ezra Klein , September 13, 2010
The demographics of 2010, Ezra Klein , September 9, 2010
Achievements matter, Ezra Klein , September 3, 2010
The Republican economic agenda, Ezra Klein , August 3, 2010
Can Obama make success popular?, Ezra Klein , July 30, 2010
A chart is worth a thousand words, Ezra Klein , July 13, 2010
Labor vs. Lincoln, Ezra Klein , June 10, 2010
No country for primary challenges?, Ezra Klein , June 9, 2010
Re: Primary losses, Ezra Klein , June 8, 2010
Voter rage = 87% reelection rate?, Ezra Klein , June 8, 2010
Anti-incumbent, pro-party primaries, Ezra Klein , June 8, 2010
No country for incumbents, Ezra Klein , May 19, 2010
John McCain follies, Ezra Klein , May 14, 2010
The trial of Bob Bennett, Ezra Klein , April 27, 2010
Health-care reform's biggest losers, Ezra Klein , April 9, 2010
Looking to the midterm election, Ezra Klein , March 26, 2010
Health care and the election, Ezra Klein , March 24, 2010
Are Democrats looking better for 2010?, Ezra Klein , March 12, 2010
Bye, Bayh, Ezra Klein , February 15, 2010
Return of the Plouffe, Ezra Klein , January 25, 2010
Harold Ford's big joke, Ezra Klein , January 13, 2010
Marco Rubio is an attractive Senate candidate, Ezra Klein , January 11, 2010
Supermajority retention, Ezra Klein , January 7, 2010
Governance matters more than elections, Ezra Klein , November 4, 2009
Election trends worth watching, Ezra Klein , November 4, 2009
How to lose by winning, Ezra Klein , November 3, 2009
Will 2010 Be Another 1994?, Ezra Klein , October 2, 2009
If the Election Were Held Today, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2009
 
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