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Tim Hutchinson

AGONY AND ECSTASY OF THE ELECTION

THERE HAVE BEEN three national elections in the modern era in which conservatives made massive gains. In 1980, a conservative won the presidency. In 1994, conservatives became a majority of the party that controlled Congress. The 2002 election is another such advance. It is more surprising, and in that sense more impressive, than the others were. Conservatives were likely to do well in 1994, if not quite as well as they did, since a Democratic president was in office. In 1980, Ronald Reagan had a stagflationary economy to run against. This year, Republicans overcame both a weak economy and the midterm curse. No president has ever led his party to control of the Senate in his first midterm...

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