1910 Midterms Put Both Woodrow Wilson & F.D.R In Office For First Time—Will 2006 Produce Such Leaders?
Big Democratic gains in the 1910 midterm elections were part of a 12 year period of consistent progressive victories. Democrats gained 56 House seats and 10 Senate seats in 1910. Among those swept into office as first-time officeholders were Woodrow Wilson as Governor of New Jersey, and Franklin Roosevelt as a State Senator from a normally Republican district in the Hudson River Valley of New York.
The election of Wilson and F.D.R in 1910 is worth thinking about. In a Republican year both men might have lost. Instead, benefiting from the strength of their own candidacies and from the national trend, Wilson and F.D.R were elected. Each would go on to win the White House for Democrats.
If the the hopeful forecasts are true, maybe the national trend of 2006 will bring many new Democratic officeholders to all levels of government. Maybe this group will produce a new liberal or progressive leader for our nation. However, this happy result will only occur if average people like you and I do something to help make it happen.