Document Type

Article

Publication Title

The Forum

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Less than two years ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as president amidst proclamations of a partisan realignment. But in this fall’s midterms, scores of his fellow Democrats lost their jobs. The best evidence suggests that Obama’s signature accomplishment—passage of a healthcare reform bill that had long eluded progressives—played a key role in the historic defeat. It also highlighted the delicacy of partisan regimes, particularly those prematurely designated as realignments by academic or popular observers

DOI

10.2202/1540-8884.1404

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View original published article at 10.2202/1540-8884.1404.

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