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Republicans' Missing Mandate

By Steve Benen, Washington Monthly - December 15, 2010

THE MISSING MANDATE.... After the 1994 midterms, when congressional Republicans making massive gains, the public was strongly inclined to back the GOP. At the time, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that Republicans on the Hill enjoyed a 15-point advantage over President Clinton when Americans were asked who they trusted more to cope with the nation's problems. When it came to who was taking a "stronger leadership role," the GOP had a whopping 34-point advantage over Clinton.

Boehner, McConnell, and their cohorts may feel as if they have a similar wind at their backs now. They don't.

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