With the rise of the Tea Party and the anxiety related to the economy many on the right are predicting that the 2010 election will be like the 1994 election year when the Republicans had sweeping wins. But was 1994 like now? Not by a long shot. The political environment and the media were very different. There was no blogosphere. Cell phones were the size of a brick and owned by very few. The economy had come out of a recession and prosperity abounded. Things were better than they’d been in years. Things were so good the Democrats figured they could skate into the election, so they did nothing. And they lost. Big time.
Things are different now. Way different. 180 degrees different. This election season is more like 1964, 1972, 1980 and possibly 1992. The similarity can be attributed to three areas. First a bad economy. Second, a large and vocal fringe element. Third, a large third party involvement. Sound familiar?
The outcomes of these elections never went in favor of the fringe element, and that may be the case in 2010. This is an “off year” election, which tends to bring out the fringe voters, but the stakes are bigger now, so we may see a larger turnout. Let’s hope so.