2011
DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1404
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Abstract: Less than two years ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as president amidst proclamations of a partisan realignment. But in this fall’s midterms, scores of his fellow Democrats lost their jobs. The best evidence suggests that Obama’s signature accomplishment—passage of a healthcare reform bill that had long eluded progressives—played a key role in the historic defeat. It also highlighted the delicacy of partisan regimes, particularly those prematurely designated as realignments by academic or popular observers.

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“…The egalitarian character of public healthcare has often been a target of criticism in conservative and rightwing milieus (cf. Saldin, 2010). The particular facet of right-wing ideology that is responsible for such anti-egalitarian objections is known as social dominance orientation -a belief-system that supports group hierarchies and justifies existing inequalities (Pratto et al, 1994;Sidanius & Pratto, 1999).…”
Section: The Anti-egalitarian Aspects Of Social Dominance Orientationmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The egalitarian character of public healthcare has often been a target of criticism in conservative and rightwing milieus (cf. Saldin, 2010). The particular facet of right-wing ideology that is responsible for such anti-egalitarian objections is known as social dominance orientation -a belief-system that supports group hierarchies and justifies existing inequalities (Pratto et al, 1994;Sidanius & Pratto, 1999).…”
Section: The Anti-egalitarian Aspects Of Social Dominance Orientationmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The potential effectiveness of this strategy increased significantly after the 2010 mid‐term elections. As well as inflicting a “shellacking” on Democrats in Congressional elections (Branigin, ), with evidence that a backlash against the ACA‐motivated conservative voters (Saldin, ), Republicans gained six governorships and over 600 seats in state legislatures, giving the party its highest number of state legislators since the Great Depression (Hansen, ).…”
Section: The Aca and Policy Feedbackmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…These bills helped provoke a popular backlash that was more severe than most Democrats expected. The economic stimulus bill served as a major rallying point for the nascent Tea Party movement, and health care reform only added to the controversy (Saldin, 2010). Cap and trade received less attention—in part because it did not pass the Senate—but the bill was seen as an important issue in districts that would be most affected by the price it would have placed on carbon emissions (Samuelsohn & Bravender, 2010).…”
Section: Roll Call Voting and Electoral Accountabilitymentioning
confidence: 99%