Politics

Democrats Lost the War for Staying Power

They got too fixated on the White House.

Republicans in 2004 didn't know what this guy would do to them. Or for them.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Back in 2004, commentators, possibly including me, were speculating about the possibility of a "permanent majority" for Republicans along the lines of the Democratic dominance of national elections following the Great Depression. Two years later, a wave election delivered the House of Representatives to the Democrats. By 2009, Barack Obama was president, with majorities in the House and the Senate.

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