US Elections 2010

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Romney pullout gives Bush advantage in Republican money race

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2015

Lack of support among Republican fundraisers pushed Romney out of the race, with many of them backing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Lame duck US Congress moves to cut taxes for rich, end benefits for unemployed

By Tom Eley, 16 November 2010

The 111th US Congress has entered its final session, with Democratic leaders signaling their willingness to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Obama on “60 Minutes”: A servant of big business

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2010

Obama went on national television to conciliate big business and embrace the concerns of the Tea Party right wing, declaring them politically legitimate.

Obama, Republicans embrace spending cuts and tax breaks for the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2010

Democratic President Barack Obama and leading congressional Republicans have voiced support for significant cuts in domestic social spending and an extension of Bush administration tax breaks for the wealthy.

The apologists for Obama and the Republican “resurgence”

By David Walsh, 6 November 2010

The outcome of the 2010 midterm elections is an indictment of the apologists for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

Wall Street celebrates Fed credit boost, Obama deal on tax cuts

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2010

Buoyed by a huge infusion of cheap credit from the Federal Reserve and the guarantee of continued tax cuts for the wealthy after the Republican victory on Tuesday, the US stock market roared upward Thursday.

2010 US elections

The record of the WSWS on Obama

By Tom Eley, 5 November 2010

The WSWS here links articles written during Obama’s campaign for the presidency and in the aftermath of his victory that warned that he would continue and deepen the right-wing policies of the Bush administration.

Right-wing Democrat wins in California gubernatorial election

By Tom Carter, 5 November 2010

California’s highly publicized and heavily-funded gubernatorial race concluded with the victory of right-wing Democrat Jerry Brown amid mass abstention from the polls, especially by young people.

After the 2010 Democratic defeat

Obama, Republicans prepare for joint assault on American workers

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2010

Victorious congressional Republicans and Democratic President Barack Obama took their first tentative steps towards an open political partnership to pursue a right-wing agenda.

The dimensions of the Democratic Party collapse in 2010 election

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2010

With nearly complete results now available for Tuesday’s federal and state elections in the United States, both the scale and the contradictions of the Republican Party victory have become clear.

Behind the Democratic debacle

By Joseph Kishore, 4 November 2010

After coming to power by posing as the tribune of “hope” and "change you can believe in," Barack Obama, through his pro-corporate and pro-war policies, has succeeded in alienating and demoralizing large sections of the population that had previously supported him.

Letters on the Stewart/Colbert rally

4 November 2010

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article “Stewart/Colbert rally preaches compromise and complacency,” published November 1, 2010

Republicans win sweeping victory in US congressional election

By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2010

The US congressional elections have produced a sweeping victory for the Republican Party, which regained control of the House of Representatives and made substantial gains in the Senate.

The decay of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2010

The 2010 US election campaign marks a further descent by the American two-party system into political imbecility.

US election campaign ends amid deepening economic crisis

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2010

The campaign for the midterm US election Tuesday is coming to an end under the shadow of an intractable and deepening economic crisis and the evident inability of the Obama administration to develop any policies to overcome it.

Stewart/Colbert rally preaches compromise and complacency

By Joseph Kishore, 1 November 2010

The main message from the US television comedians was a conservative one: the need for a political consensus between the two parties in Washington and their allies in the media.

Break with Obama and the Democrats

Build a socialist movement against mass unemployment and war

By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 30 October 2010

The following leaflet will be distributed to participants at the October 30 “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington DC called by comedian Jon Stewart.

The 2010 elections, the working class and the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2010

With only a few days remaining in the 2010 election campaign, one thing is certain: the Obama administration and the Democratic Party are preparing a further lurch to the right.

Midterm elections to usher in further shift by Obama to the right

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2010

With Election Day less than a week away, it is clear that, whatever the precise breakdown of Democrats and Republicans in the new Congress and in statehouses across the country, the outcome of the vote will be a further shift to the right by the Obama administration.

New York gubernatorial campaign centers on pledges to attack state workers

By Philip Guelpa, 27 October 2010

As the economic crisis deepens, the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have pledged to gut the pay and pensions of state workers.

Obama’s 2010 campaign: Fake populism and right-wing policies

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2010

Despite the anti-Wall Street rhetoric, there is little practical difference between the policies the Obama administration is already implementing and the measures the Republicans would carry out if they return to power.

Right-wing consensus in California gubernatorial elections

By Kevin Kearney, 22 October 2010

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown are both agreed on the need to impose further harsh austerity measures, including mass layoffs and cuts to education, health care and pensions.

Two weeks before US midterm election

Democrats embrace right-wing austerity policies

By Patrick Martin, 18 October 2010

Democratic Party candidates for the US Senate and House and numerous state governorships are highlighting their right-wing policies and minimizing any differences with their Republican opponents.

Demagogy and duplicity: The Democrats in the 2010 elections

By Patrick Martin, 13 October 2010

The Democratic Party is seeking to stave off an electoral defeat by making a last-minute, fraudulent appeal to popular hostility towards Wall Street and big business.

Pro-Democratic Party rally shows bankruptcy of US unions

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2010

Saturday’s “One Nation” rally in Washington was called by the AFL-CIO and other unions to generate support for the Democratic Party in the run-up to the November elections.

Emanuel resignation highlights crisis of Obama administration

By Tom Eley, 2 October 2010

The resignation of White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel—the fourth departure of leading administration advisers in just over two months—bespeaks an administration in crisis.

At Wisconsin rally, Obama shows contempt for his “base”

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2010

After two years of right-wing rule—bailing out Wall Street, escalating war, and stepping up attacks on democratic rights—Obama returned to the empty slogans of “hope” and “change” before a rally in Madison, Wisconsin.

Senate Democrats postpone vote on tax cuts for the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid canceled plans to introduce and vote on a measure that would extend the tax cuts for households earning $250,000 or less, but allow the tax cuts to expire for those above that income level.

Why is the political right on the offensive in America?

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2010

Less than six weeks before the midterm congressional elections, the political initiative rests entirely with the Republicans and the most right-wing sections of the US political establishment.

Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2010

Obama used his speech at the UN to defend US wars and state terror and to proclaim that the economic crisis has been resolved.

The Tea Party primary election victories

By Barry Grey, 16 September 2010

The upset victory of far-right Tea Party candidates in Tuesday's Republican primary elections must be seen within the context of an immense social crisis and growing economic distress in the United States.

Wishing and hoping for Franklin D. Obama

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2010

In a series of commentaries published over the past week, liberal media pundits have claimed that two recent speeches by President Obama signal a turn to the left and an embrace of the social reform policies of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.