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GOP wins a referendum on Obama?

Business Times - 05 Nov 2009


GOP wins a referendum on Obama?

The recent elections for governor in Virginia and New Jersey expose a deep political divide inside the Republican Party

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IT'S been a year since Barack Obama and the Democrats took control of the White House and Congress and the Republican Party was kicked out of power in the 2008 election. Many of the pundits celebrated those elections as 'historic' and 'transformative'.

They argued that its political significance went beyond the obvious - for the first time American voters decided to send an African-American to the White House, a choice that reflected a revolutionary change in American attitudes on race, an issue that has plagued the nation's political history, with the civil war between the Northern and slave-owning Southern states being the most dramatic example.

But against the backdrop of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s and …