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Columnist Cites 1991 DePauw Conference on Elections

Columnist Cites 1991 DePauw Conference on Elections

February 21, 2010

Ballot Box bw.jpgFebruary 21, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "Though we columnists write easily of political earthquakes, it is important to remember that in every election since 1954, at least 90 percent of House members who sought re-election have won another term," writes David M. Shribman. "In some years, the re-election rate has been as high as 98 percent. Indeed, re-election has been so nearly automatic that DePauw University held a three-day conference to examine why elections were basically over before they were even held."

Shribman discusses "the national bad mood" in a column headlined "Grumpy Nation."  You can find it at Yahoo! News.

The DePauw event he cites, "Why Are Elections Over Before The Polls Open?," took place in December 1991.  Participants included Mitch Daniels, now the governor of Indiana; Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Fred Wertheimer, president of Common Cause.  Read more in this article.