Three things scare Democrats as they look toward the 2010 elections, according to The Washington Post's Dan Balz: Populist anger from conservatives, a loss of love from the country's independents, and burgeoning animosity from the left. According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, these problems for the Democrats don't spell immediate success for Republicans. He said of voters: "They're more skeptical of Republicans than they were in '93 and '94. The aftereffect of '06 and '08 is there's not a rush to Republicans." According to strategists, the possibility of an economic recovery cushions the Democrats' chances in next year's elections.