And Now, the Political Consequences?

And Now, the Political Consequences?

Sorting out the likely political consequences of the Iran-contra scandal is a difficult process. The scandal comes at a time when American politics have become exceptionally fluid, with the Democrats just beginning to regain their voice and the Republicans weakened by the results of the 1986 election. Among those active in the political process, the controversy has produced a complex mixture of responses: a combination of indignation and delight on the left; dismay and anger on the right; and some confusion among both Republican and Democratic party loyalists. The scandal may give the Democrats the White House and continued control of both branches of Congress after the 1988 election, although neither is by any means guaranteed. In fact, it is the prospect that the Iran-contra debate could result in a Democratic victory in 1988 that is most likely to prevent such a Democratic victory from occurring.

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