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We look at waves in American political history with top historians. Read some of the transcript.

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Midterm elections can be pretty rough for sitting presidents and their parties. George Bush got his ’06 “thumping.”

Bill Clinton got the Republican revolution. Ronald Reagan’s GOP took a beating in 1982. LBJ and Harry Truman saw Democrats whupped in midterms.

So what about this time: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the 2010 Democratic licking at the polls? Is every election a wave election now? And why?

We look at the new Republican wave through the eyes of American political history.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian at Stanford University and author of many books, including “Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.”

Richard North Smith, scholar-in-residence of history and public policy at George Mason University and former director of numerous presidential libraries. His books include “An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover," and “Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation."

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and author of “Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America 1865-1900.″

This program aired on November 3, 2010.

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