'Waiting in the West Wing' - President Obama and the US Mid-Term Elections
Going into the 2010 elections, the Democratic Party has a majority in both houses of Congress. There is evidence to suggest that with President Obama's popularity falling and the American economy showing little sign of recovery, it could lose heavily in both, thus paving the way for a Republican capture of the White House in 2012. These elections are thus crucial, and the speaker will reflect on the several issues that will determine the vote and therefore the composition of the US Congress after November.
Paul Green is Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University. He is also the Political Analyst for WGN Radio, a guest columnist for Crain's Chicago Business, and the author of several books and articles on Illinois and Chicago politics. He has lectured at universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
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