Nineteen Ninety-Now

Ezra on the '94 sweep, and the looming fall elections:


Those 54 Democrats who lost their seats did not have a historic accomplishment to show for their service. They had not provided health care to all Americans. They had let costs continue to explode, and families continue to suffer, and America's most pressing economic problem continue to worsen. It's one thing to lose reelection having done an enormous service to your country. It's a whole other to lose because you failed to do something difficult that the country needed done.

UPDATE: The comments in this thread are getting really stupid, really fast. It's worth asking yourself why your posting, before you actually post. I'm going to do some mass pruning. Please don't let this happen again. If you find yourself finishing your post with cheap slams at whoever your disagreeing with, consider walking away from the computer for a few minutes.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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