Going Local

Going Local

It was widely expected that the Republicans would make significant gains in 1994. The Democrats were in disarray, suffering from
powerful anticongressional sentiment and from too close an identification with their president, Bill Clinton, a man plagued by bad political judgment and even worse press coverage. But few expected the landslide that occurred.

The result: the Republicans control both houses of Congress for the first time in almost fifty years; they have captured a number of high-profile governorships and state legislatures; and the public policy agenda has been moved drastically toward the right. More ominously, the electorate has been mobilized by organized and interconnected conservative
groups, including the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, and the increasingly right-wing Republican National Committee. The success of these groups seems to prove that concerted civic action can make a difference in politics. Unfortunately, it is the
right that has demonstrated this.

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima