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US Midterms question
delirium happy
I'm far from an expert in US politics. I am, however, an interested observer. I was wondering if someone from leftpondia could explain something to me. As I understand things, the state of play is something like this:

The Bush administration is massively unpopular at the moment.
Historically, it is rare for one party to have control of the presidency, the senate, and the house of representatives.
Before these elections, the Republicans did so.
The Democrats now have a reasonable majority in the house.
The absolute best they can hope for in the senate (with Virginia and Montana still uncertain) is for no party to have an overall majority, but for Democrats to be in control due to support of independants.

And yet, the Democrats seem to be celebrating this like it's some massive victory. As far as I can see, this isn't a victory at all. It's achieving the sort of base minimum of where they should be, inspite of mass dissolusionment with the opposition. To me, these results are saying "well really, we're only voting for you as the least worst option, but you don't excite us at all".

So my question is whether there's something else going on that I just don't grasp (very likely), or whether the great big celebration is all a show (fairly likely), or whether the people involved are too dumb to realise they could be doing a whole lot better (less likely, but not beyond the realms of possibility). Explain, anyone?

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You forget that the Republicans also control the Supreme Court, which basically means all our checks and balances are in ONE party's control. This is, essentially, why we have had 6 years of rampant corruption, lies, lack of oversight, and general running amok of one party over another.

This is a victory because the Democrats finally have some control over *something*. For the past 6 years, we have been crying out because the abuses we can all plainly see go unchecked. The Republicans have done nothing to save the nation from their worst members.

Our country needs to have a divided government. I hate to admit it, because I really believe the Republican party is run by horrible, horrible people with terribly flawed ideology, but we need some balance.

Also, retaking the Senate is a big deal when you realize that only 1/3 of the 100 seats were up for re-election, and most of those up were Democrats or Independents. So, there were 33 seats available, and only 10 of them were held by Republicans. Democrats needed to take 6 of the Republican seats in order to gain control of the Senate, in addition to keeping their own 22 seats, and they're within reach of that goal. That's why it's a big victory-- winning 28 out of 33 available seats is a big deal.

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