What do the folks at home think?

I can't help but wonder what legislators say to their constituents when they're asked to explain their opposition to policies that help struggling families. Especially those that just squeaked out wins in 2008 -- how do their spin their votes to inspire supporters for 2010? 

Consider some basic stats that must be going through their minds, sliced into 163 pieces:

And then consider how close these contests were in 2008:

Doing the math, it doesn't seem like these freshman legislators have much leeway with voters to be pursuing an ideological agenda with such adverse consequences for their families and communities. And it wouldn't take much for any of those races to come out differently. It will be interesting to see if they hold firm, or change their minds with a fresh Spring perspective.

I have my doubts.

 

 

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