1994 and 2010Resurgent Republic | March 12, 2010
Are we in for a Republican Revolution rerun? That’s the question posed by Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College professor and Resurgent Republic Advisory Board member. The answer is not a simple yes or no, since there are both similarities and differences between the two political environments. Pitney reviews several variables, including presidential job approval, ethics investigations, special elections and the different profiles of congressional leaders.
It’s important to note that differences between the two election cycles do not automatically disadvantage Republicans. Pitney writes:
The most important differences between the two years stem from the depths of the country’s problems. In 1994, the deficit was 2.9 percent of gross domestic product. In 2010, it’s 9.2 percent, and the Baby Boom generation stands 16 years closer to busting Social Security and Medicare. Back then, the Cold War had recently ended and the scope of terrorism was not yet clear. Now the threats are painfully obvious.