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A Triple Crown Winner in 2012 Politics?

Updated on May 5, 2012

Can one party win the Triple Crown of politics?

Election 2012 will decide the next four years in Washington, DC.
Election 2012 will decide the next four years in Washington, DC. | Source

Can one party win control of The Senate, The House of Representatives, and The White House in 2012?

The last time that happened was in the 2008 Election which gave Democrats the Triple Crown with The White House, 55 Democrats for the majority in The Senate, and 256 seats for the majority in The House of Representatives.

In 2010, however, dissatisfaction with those numbers cut the Democrats’ numbers in the Senate to a narrow control with only 51 seats, and won Republicans the control of The House with 242 seats. The White House was not up for election in 2010.

If we start with the current balances, the Republicans would need to hold the numbers they have, or lose no more than 15 seats in The House, gain two more Senate seats , and win the White House.

The Democrats would have to gain 25 seats in The House of Representatives and lose no seats in The Senate to hold their control of The Senate, plus keep Obama in The White House.

What are the chances that the Republicans or The Democrats can do just that?

The key question may be “What influence will Romney and Obama have on the races for Congress? If they have to focus solely on their own races because the election is close right up to the day for voting, they won’t have much time for supporting congressional candidates.

In the meantime, the Democrats are concentrating on registering as many eligible Hispanic, minority, and young new voters as possible, hoping for their votes, while the Republicans are trying to make inroads in those three groups and maximizing their efforts to woo America’s independent voters they will need in every race.

If, on the other hand, the race seems settled in the next few months, a lot of Romney and Obama’s time can be devoted to supporting congressional candidates in the key races which can secure the outcome they need to be a Triple Crown Winner in 2012 politics.

As it stands now, six months before the actual voting, any Triple Crown Winner will probably win “by a nose.”


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      picklesandrufus: Sadly "the few sensible elected officials on each side have [HAD] the opportunity to work together." They did so well that, even if they got the approval of every one of the 10% of Americans who felt they could approve of what Congress has been doing, the other 90% of Congress (admittedly a stretch) would be more than just "the far right" and "the Tea Party" and "the far left." We do need to hear from all sides about all opinions, but we can't stand for any more stagnation. We must send the "lobby lovers" the "politicos" and the "self-servers" home to mess with their own states and leave the United States alone!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      breakfastpop: I would hope that we might by now have learned that President George Washington was right in his belief that the best future for America is one which does not include a royalty. Yet I feel that seemingly permanent tenure (at least until advancing age) has given some in the Senate a feeling of extreme elitism we can ill afford. In November we get another chance to see whether or not the current electorate is in agreement with the founding father who tried to set a good course for us.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      The Democrats in the Senate are committed to blocking every avenue for progress. 'd like to see every single one of them go home and it would be really fantastic if they took Obama with them.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Oh, by the way, I did vote it up. Your hubs are always great.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Michele Travis: Thanks for the verbal Up.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a good hub, but what ib said is the best thing anybody could have said. I truly believe that.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I wish we could start over in Congress with term limits and campaign finance reform. We keep having to go to the polls to vote in a broken system. Until our representatives start to do their job(represent the people) by not selling out to lobbyists, the end result will be the same. I hope people at least vote out the far right(tea party) and far left, so the few sensible elected officials on each side will have the opportunity to work together. Good hub!

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


      History has proven that it didn't help the country when there was a triple control win.

      The problem with the control of the country is that it rarely sends the country forward, it merely moves to the left or right. The political parties are only interested in their agenda, and not that of the country.

      So even if 2012 has a triple win, the country will not move forward, into prosperity.

      The only forward movement will come when the voters can force the politicians to transcend party lines in favor of what is best for the country and its citizens.

      People always want proof or verification when I make these statements. The proof is simple, look at where we are today. It is the result of the parties control over the last one hundred years. There have been some triple wins in that time, and the reason that there haven't been more of them is because they didn't help the country. So the voters knee jerk reaction was to shuffle the deck for a new hand.

      The root cause of the problems today in the US stems from the power of the two major political parties. They are like angry siblings, they fight amongst themselves, instead of uniting to fight the common foe.

      If Congress was a team and the President was the team manager, then the team would have won very few games. The reason is that can't play together to win the game. After the game they blame someone in the other party for losing the game. The problem is that the country lost the game, and it doesn't matter who made the most scores, or made the most mistakes, the game was lost.

      How far back in the history of the US do we have to go to find where it really and truly was the UNITED states of America?

      Today we could more aptly be called the Many States of America, or the Plethora of States in America.

      But can anyone really call this country the UNITED STATES of AMERICA?

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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado

      Am Ro-

      Not sure what direction "Back" is at this point. But I do hope that a balance of power is attained that represents the hopes, dreams and wishes of the majority of Americans, not just an energized faction.


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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      win win, geat ready for change! BACK!

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      win-winresources 5 years ago from Colorado


      In the first two years of the Obama administration, the Democrats held the political triple crown. The Republicans did not even have enough votes to avoid cloture on a filibuster much less influence legislation. Heck, they didn't even have enough votes to order pizza.

      Fortunately, the conservative democrats (derisively called the "blue dogs") managed to keep some semblance of balance.

      "Balance" is the key. When either party has overwhelming control, it's the majority of Americans who reside in the middle who lose in favor of those in the wings.

      I would not want to see any party, not even my own, with absolute power.

      America is best governed from the center for the majority of its people, not the fringes.