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Response to eggplant (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:16 PM

24. Think again

The only Democratic Presidents who were running for re-election during a bad economy in the last 100 years besides Obama were FDR and Jimmy Carter. FDR won, Carter lost, so you can't really say that "conventional wisdom" says that a Democratic President can't be re-elected during a bad economy.

On the other hand, the party in power almost always loses seats in mid-term elections. For more than 100 years, it has been EXTREMELY hard for the sitting President's party to buck this trend, as the table in this article clearly demonstrates:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_midterm_election

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