UVa. Center for Politics book examines midterm shift

The University of Virginia Center for Politics has released its latest book, Pendulum Swing, drawing on the collective wisdom of nearly two dozen of the nation’s top political analysts, journalists, and academics for comprehensive analysis of the 2010 midterm elections and the subsequent policy implications.

Looking back at the titanic political shift in Washington, D.C., and around the nation, the authors explore how that shift could affect the 2012 presidential election. The book is the newest in an ongoing annual election series developed by the Center for Politics and published by Pearson/Longman publishers (pearsonhighered.com).

“The 2010 midterm election was one of the most significant in modern American history. The voters spoke emphatically and what they said will have great consequences for years to come. This is an election that deserves extensive treatment, and that is what we have tried to deliver in Pendulum Swing,” Center for Politics director Larry Sabato said.

Separating political myth from reality, Pendulum Swing tackles topics such as the Tea Party, campaign finance, health care, the economy, the role of the media, each party’s political strategies, and how those factors contributed to the Republican wave last November.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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