Capitol Hill's New Reality

As power shifts in Washington, businesses have little choice but to adapt

By historical standards, the Democratic landslide of 2006 was well within the norm: In the sixth year of an Administration, the average loss for a President’s party in midterm elections is about 29 House seats, and 6 Senate seats. But for a shell-shocked White House and a business community that bet heavily on the Republicans, the GOP reversal of fortune on Nov. 7 was anything but normal.

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