Magazine November 29, 2010, Issue

States Right

President Obama from the White House in Washington, D.C., November 18, 2010. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
The Democratic wipeout beyond the Beltway

Voters obviously gave the president plenty to wince about on Election Day, so it is understandable that one particular irony escaped his notice: Barack Obama, whose most substantive political experience before his White House bid was serving three terms in the Illinois state senate, has in just two years managed to reduce his party’s power in state capitals to its lowest point since the 1920s.

While the number of GOP congressional victories in 2010 was impressive, the idea of a Republican majority in the House doesn’t take much getting used to. After all, the party lost the House only four years

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