For House Democrats, a Whiff of Victory
A clip that especially caught my attention:
"In getting up to 218," Mr. Rothenberg said of the number required for a majority in the 435-member House, "you don't just need a wave, you need a tsunami."
Still, he recalls that at this stage in 1994, no one thought the Republican wave would wash aside the Democrats.
Precisely. The 1994 outcome caught a lot of people by surprise. I remember getting to be a fly on the wall at a Los Angeles Democrat Central Committee meeting (at the time I was a grad student who was helping a prof out with some of his work on political ideology and memory) just days after that election debacle, and the look on most of the attendees' faces said it all: they were stunned. It might be equally entertaining to be a fly on the wall at various Republican gatherings this November if the outcome of this year's elections mirrors that of 1994. This much is true, there is a sense that something huge is going down.