200 Days in the Life of the College

Tuesday, November 2

Can you say landslide?

When the numbers are in from the mid-term elections tonight, it’s a banner Republican year: a 62-seat turnaround and a wide GOP majority in the House; a fragile Democratic majority clinging to power in the Senate; and an emerging Tea Party Movement that College Republicans’ President Will Eagan ’11 calls a “populist manifestation” of the historic “Federalist vs. anti-Federalist debate concerning the extent of federal power.” Eagan (above, at a College Republicans meeting) terms the results “good but not great,” believing Republicans could have gained even more ground had some primaries produced stronger candidates. Among College Democrats (top, following returns tonight at Sadove Student Center), co-president Olivia Waxman ’11 says the mood is one of disappointment but not surprise: “After two very successful election cycles in 2006 and 2008, the Democrats were due for some kind of ‘shellacking,’ to quote the president.” Of more immediate concern to Waxman: political apathy at “a school where government is the second-most popular major.”