The Election of 1894 Again!

In the Midterm Election of 1894, under Democratic President Grover Cleveland, the Democrats went from having a majority in the House of Representatives, at 218 to 127, to becoming a minority of 105 members. They lost a total of 113 seats, 7 of them to Populists, the rest to the Republicans. That was almost a third of the total membership of the House, which then numbered 356.  In the Senate, where only a third of it is elected at a time, the Democrats’ numbers dropped from a controlling 44 to 39.

Perhaps it could be blamed on the depression that had hit in 1893. There is a problem with that, however.  In 1890, the Democrats had unseated a slim Republican majority even more decisively. The Fifty-first Congress, elected in 1888, had 166 Republicans in the House. (Sound familiar?)  The 1890 election cut the number of Republicans in half, to 88, leaving the Democrats with an outrageous 147-vote majority.

You might think that sort of enormous swing in the balance of power was unusual, but it wasn’t. Democrats got control of the House (by only five seats) in the elections of 1878, barely lost it in 1880, won it back in 1882, and kept it through the 1886 election, lost it again in 1888, regained it in that 1890 landslide, and were then bounced out of power, as noted, in 1894. In the Senate Republicans and Democrats were more closely balanced, exactly even in 1881-83, although Republican senators were in the majority by a handful of votes in all but two of the Congresses up to 1894. The Populists and other independents who won seats in defiance of the two-party monopoly completed the shifting congressional picture.

Dick Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill Clinton, is the author of Outrage, Fleeced and Catastrophe.  In his latest column at thehill.com, he analyzes the political tsunami that is forming and makes a prediction:

Republicans realize that our entire way of life and national idea is at stake in the 2010 elections. The radicalism of the Obama agenda and the mindless complicity of House and Senate Democrats who didn’t even read the bills they were passing have left a sense that America as we know it is on the line.

The regimented ranks of labor-union members enlisted by their leaders to turn out for Democratic candidates cannot compete with the fired-up intensity of the Republican grass roots. Democrats have gotten lazy and lethargic. The prolongation of the war in Afghanistan and the residual U.S. military presence in Iraq have sapped the left of its vitriol and undermined its faith in Obama. The new-left groups can’t gin up the enthusiasm they could in 2006 and 2008. It’s easier to attack than to defend.

When polls show Republicans even with their Democratic opponents, the GOP will win. Undecided voters generally go against the incumbents, and the vast difference in voter enthusiasm will tilt these races to the Republican challengers.

Prediction: The Republicans will win the Senate, capturing seats in Indiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington state, Illinois and Nevada. And they could prevail in New York, Connecticut, Delaware and California to boot. 

So, how are the Democrats trying to fight back against this political tide?  By showing the Heartland how badly they underestimate them.  Check out this ad, posted on backstage.com for an upcoming Townhall event hosted by the MTV Networks featuring President Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm):

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC MTV, BET, and CMT (prods.) are casting the audience for a town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Washington, DC. Seeking—Audience Members: males and females, 18+. To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com and put “Town Hall” in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are (interested in).

This is no surprise.  Everybody’s known that all his political rallies had hand-picked audiences.  This advertisement goes beyond the pale, however, and demonstrates just how phony Obama and his political party really are.

Obama’s unofficial Public Relations office, the Associated Press, has released the following:

President Barack Obama is holding a big rally in Philadelphia on Sunday in hopes of reigniting the type of Democratic enthusiasm that carried him to victory two years ago.

Vice President Joe Biden will join Obama at the rally where the hip-hop band, the Roots, will warm up the crowd.

It’s the second of four large rallies designed to recapture some of the big-stage excitement that Obama created in 2008 with stirring speeches to thousands of young and first-time voters. The president spoke to more than 17,000 people last week in Madison, Wis., where many more thousands watched on screens in an overflow area.

Democrats are desperate to close the “enthusiasm gap” that may lead to huge Republican victories in the Nov. 2 elections.

So, there you have it.  Our Kanye West President has been trying to impose his will on our Taylor Swift nation.  And in doing so, this elitist president and his elitist party have set the stage for a duplication of  the election of 1894.

I can’t wait.

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5 Responses to “The Election of 1894 Again!”

  1. ladyingray Says:

    ” Our Kanye West President has been trying to impose his will on our Taylor Swift nation.”

    Heh. Nice, KJ, very nice.

  2. Darwin Says:

    This is going to be gooooooood. 🙂

  3. lovingmyUSA Says:

    Nail meet hammer–you did it again, KJ!

  4. Gohawgs Says:

    “cept the WH Kayne West isn’t about to apologize for anything…

  5. ConservaLassie Says:

    Kanye West President, Taylor Swift Nation – that is possibly the best, most accurate metaphor I’ve heard regarding this incredibly reckless President.

    I am blogrolling you! Please take a moment and hop over to my blog, when you have a free moment.

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