Comes the Counterrevolution
It took a few days to sink in, but within a week or so after the elections of 1994, there was general agreement that the astounding Republican sweep and the correlative Democratic disaster represented something deeper than a mere swing of the political pendulum.
Of course some Democrats tried to rationalize, explain away, or even deny the dimensions of their defeat. Like their predecessors who attributed the Republican landslides of 1972, 1980, and 1984 to the poor quality of their candidates, these Democrats blamed Bill Clinton for the debacle of 1994. Though the President himself was not running this time, they said, his unpopularity had rubbed off on most of the Democrats who were.
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Norman Podhoretz has been writing for COMMENTARY for 56 years.