Doing the Midterm Shuffle

Midterm elections in 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006, and 2010 all called for the incumbent president of the United States to do a little reframing of the meaning of the vote of the people.

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This episode of Whistlestop visits 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006, and 2010, when former sitting U.S. presidents all scrambled to respond to displeasing midterm election results.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America’s presidential carnival.

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