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Deutchman Quoted on Midterm Elections

HWS Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman was recently quoted in a Finger Lakes Times article on midterm elections.  Deutchman’s comments focused specifically on the fates of incumbent political moderates who are up for reelection.

“What we’re discovering is that moderate congressmen or moderate people, when they’re running for Congress, are really well-treated by their parties,” Deutchman said. “But once the party gains control, the people aren’t treated so well.”

When asked about Michael Arcuri, D-24, a member of the moderate Blue Dog Democrat coalition,  Deutchman said, “I wonder – I wonder and I worry – about how much support, funding and otherwise, someone like Arcuri is going to get, just because the Democrats are now in control.”

Deutchman’s segment from the Feb. 15, 2010 Finger Lakes Times article is printed below.

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HWS prof: Moderates face tough races

Aside from local issues and national staples such as the economy, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professor Iva Deutchman believes several factors could influence the Congressional races this fall.

Deutchman, who [formerly chaired] the Colleges’ political science department, said she and colleague DeWayne Lucas have been discussing the fates of political moderates after their parties gain power.

Party leaders know they need to field moderate candidates to secure a majority in Congress, she said. But there’s a catch for those candidates afterward.

“What we’re discovering is that moderate congressmen or moderate people, when they’re running for Congress, are really well-treated by their parties,” Deutchman said. “But once the party gains control, the people aren’t treated so well.”

That could cause problems for Michael Arcuri, D-24, a member of the moderate Blue Dog Democrat coalition.

“I wonder – I wonder and I worry – about how much support, funding and otherwise, someone like Arcuri is going to get, just because the Democrats are now in control,” Deutchman said.

She also cited the political truism that the party holding the presidency loses Congressional seats in midterm elections. Presidents Bush and Clinton both felt its effect during their terms, and it could hurt the Democrats this year if it happens again.

And there’s also President Barack Obama to consider. In 2008, Democrats hoped his popularity would help other Democrats win. Now, some supporters have become disaffected.

“He reminds me of Bush more and more every day,” Deutchman said. “The politics, but also the incompetence – the political incompetence.”