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The unions and Democrats came up just one seat short in a tumultuous uphill battle to take control of the state Senate, but was what happened a victory or a defeat?

Michele Bachmann

From Michele Bachmann on the founding fathers to Rick Perry on secession and more, right-wing pundits, politicians and pseudo-historians are nibbling away at objective historical truths to rewrite history for present-day purposes.

Barack Obama is staying far away from the political hotbed of Wisconsin.

After a summer of outside money and fake candidates, Wisconsin's historic recall elections are finally over. 

Originally seen as a long-shot candidate, Bachmann's ability to successfully fuse the small government, anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party with the ideology of the religious right has allowed her to emerge as a viable candidate for the nomination.

At the Iowa straw poll, Michele Bachmann—and Ron Paul—offered up the tough talk on the deficit, and on religion, that voters wanted.

Why is religion featuring so prominently in the Republican presidential race? What happened to jobs?

Today, Wisconsinites go to the polls to see if they can recall Republican senators and take back the State Senate from the hands of Scott Walker-pandering Republicans.

Melissa Harris-Perry says that both mainstream and liberal media outlets need to avoid portraying conservative women as inherently incompetent as individuals.

John Nichols joins The Ed Show to say that ultimately, it will boil down to who was with, and who was against Scott Walker. 

Blogs

It needn’t take a primary challenge for Obama to recognize that he can no longer take his base for granted.

November 4, 2010

Which lesson will Obama take from sweeping midterm losses? The mantra from the media is move right, conciliate, bridge build. But that’s the rotten road that brought the Democrats this far. There are other voices to listen to.

November 3, 2010

After so successfully mobilizing their supporters in 2006 and 2008, Democrats lost the message of change on Election Night.

November 3, 2010

Did the Tea Party set the agenda for last night's elections? Is the Blue Dog coalition done for? Nation contributors Richard Kim, John Nichols and Laura Flanders explain.

November 3, 2010

National exit polls of more than 17,000 voters show a remarkable trend: adults age 18–29 voted against the Republican Tsunami by sixteen points (56–40). Younger adults age 18–24 were even more progressive, voting against Republicans by nineteen points (58-39).

November 3, 2010

Tea Party candidates made big news, but they ran in small states.

November 3, 2010

Why was the conservative Blue Dog Caucus sliced in half yesterday?

November 3, 2010

Election day 2010, as Democrats face massive defeat (or perhaps a miracle?), follow it all here until the wee hours.

November 2, 2010

It is not a national referendum. It is not launching a new political era. Voters still want government to be effective. Most voters are not angry about the size of government. They are disappointed and frustrated government has not done what they hoped for in hard times.

November 2, 2010

Will the GOP get to 218 in the House? To 50 in the Senate? Where does Joe Biden fit in? What about governorships? Legislatures? Redistricting? The fate of the Republic? It's all here.

November 2, 2010