Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

A Midterm Forecast

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Republicans should not forget their umbrellas

Republicans in Congress are still focusing on their legislative agenda, but soon enough, attention will turn from governing to campaigning. The 2018 midterm will be the first election since 2006 in which the GOP must face voters after having been in complete control of the government. It will be a challenge for the congressional GOP to win a vote of confidence from the people.

On the Senate side, the GOP has a nearly insuperable advantage. The seats up next year were contested in 2012, 2006, and 2000 — all of which were good cycles for Democrats. Accordingly, the handful of Republican

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Jay Cost is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College.

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Books, Arts & Manners




Give Me Your Poesy I very much enjoyed Kevin D. Williamson’s essay on Emma Lazarus (“Wretched Refuse, Indeed,” August 28) and the way in which her famous poem, which had several ...
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