Podesta: Democrats Prepared for Battle in 2010

The former Clinton staff secretary says 2010 isn't exactly 1994.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

In 1994, the year of the "Republican revolution," John Podesta was the Clinton White House staff secretary. So he has a pretty good sense of whether the Democrats are again doomed to lose control of the House, as some Republicans of that era are now predicting. "This isn't exactly 1994," says Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, and he's confident that Demo­crats are prepared for a tough battle. But GOP pollster Ed Goeas says 2010 looks a lot like 1994. The economy is a mess, GOP voter intensity is sky high, and independents are leaning Republican. One indicator: In 1994, his voter turnout model favored the GOP by 5 percentage points. It now gives a 10-point Republican advantage.

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