U.S. Midterm Elections: So, What’s New?

Issue & Policy Briefs November 18, 2010, No. 43

The November 2 midterm elections were in many respects typical. The party holding the Presidency
was held responsible for the dismal economy and a very weak job market. The anger and frustration of voters may have led the Democrats to lose their majority in the House of Representatives, but in foreign and security policy it could well give rise to a situation in which the President will have greater support for a more assertive policy, particularly when it comes to countering the rise of China and dealing with a nuclear Iran.