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November 22, 2010 | The Nation

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November 22, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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John Nichols on Republican gains in the states, Calvin Trillin on Citizens United and Patricia J. Williams on the Rally to Restore Sanity

Editorials

Conventional wisdom says Republicans made gains in the midterms because Obama tried to do too much and was too liberal. Wrong.

On a night when Republicans pulled off the largest shift in party power since 1938, they also seemed, paradoxically, to be an endangered species.

John Nichols on Sen. Russ Feingold's loss, Ari Berman on Democratic wins in Colorado and Kate Murphy on Arizona's new ban on affirmative action.

As Democrats survey the wreckage left by the 2010 midterms, one sight is at least slightly cheering: Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies licking their wounds.

In the wake of Congressman Tom Perriello's loss, it's tempting to conclude that politics based on conviction simply doesn't work. But that would be the wrong lesson to take away.

The wave of GOP wins extends to governorships and state houses, too.

Columns

The Rally for Sanity gathered Americans who equate political sanity with studiousness and curiosity.

Why don't voters know more about Obama's accomplishments?

Articles

Camden, New Jersey, stands as a warning of what huge pockets of America could turn into.

To restore economic stability, the US must rethink its approach to domestic manufacturing.

Books & the Arts

Book

With C, Tom McCarthy asks us to see fiction as a crafty and adventurous playmate unafraid of its mortality.

Book

A talk-show like Dick Cavett's, intelligent but not intellectual, offered television a new twist.

Film

127 Hours; Jackass 3D; Hereafter; Made in Dagenham; Middletown

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the November 22, 1975, issue.