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Mid-term polls in US will be historic - or will they?

Business Times - 21 Oct 2010


Mid-term polls in US will be historic - or will they?

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

TO hear it said in the US mass media, the coming US mid-term elections will produce a 'political earthquake', or least an 'electoral shake-up', and it is going to be a 'historic election' on Nov 2. One could be excused for concluding that the United States is on the eve of a major political upheaval that would transform American society and politics as we know it.

The possibility that the Republicans, allied with the Tea Party insurgents, may regain control of the House of Representatives - and perhaps even the Senate - is being depicted by pundits as the first stage of a populist revolution. Angry Americans armed with pitchforks and torches are about to storm the fortress on Capitol Hill. And their next target is the White House. Fasten your seat-belts; it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Well, not so fast. That the current occupant of the Wh…