Obama Did Something Bill Clinton Did Not
by RandyMI, Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:41:10 PM EST
It remains to be seen whether Barack Obama had true coattails or whether the smashing Democratic successes up and down the ballot were a sign of the times, but there is one very dramatic difference between 2008 and 1992, and that is the success of Democratic candidates everywhere.
I remember watching the 1992 elections with some disappointment. As Bill Clitnon was being elected with a huge electoral vote landslide, we lost about 10 seats in the House and made no gains whatsoever in the senate. Dianne Feinstein and Russ Feingold beat out two incumbents, but Democrats Terry Sanford and Wyche Fowler went down to defeat in North Carolina and Georgia. We allso failed to unseat Al D'Amato in what was the marquee senate matchup that year. In Michigan, we actually LOST the State House. In 1996, we gained seats in the House but actually lost seats in the senate.
In 2000, Al Gore's strength in blue states and a good Democratic ground game braought along 5 seante seats, but I don't have to discuss the territory Gore lost in the electoral collefge. Now, fast-foward to 2008. Obama racks up wins in every part of the country, stealing states that we had not won since 1964 and 1976. Ohio AND Florida were actually called early in the night. Thus far we have a net of six senate seats with three to be determined. We have over two-dozen new House seats. We picked up the New York Senate, Ohio House, Wisconsin Assembly and Nevada Senate. We gained seats in the Michigan House and a super-majority in the Oregon House. We may even finish dead even in the Texas House. Was this Obama? Was it Dean's 50-state strategy? Was it the total meltdown of the Republican brand? I do not know, but I do know, 2008 is nothing like 1992.