Election Lessons, 1996: A Talk with John Lewis

Election Lessons, 1996: A Talk with John Lewis

The November elections produced, at best, mixed results. Apart from the marginal Democratic gains in the House and the marginal Republican gains in the Senate, the political landscape looked the same the morning after Election Day as it had the day before. Yet, as recently as mid-1995, when the Gingrich revolution was advancing at full throttle and the Clinton presidency looked doomed, hardly anyone could have foreseen the eventual outcome. What are we to make of these confusing trends? To get a sympathetic Washington insider’s perspective, I spoke with Representative John Lewis of Georgia.

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