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  •  Clinton lost the Congressional Majority (0+ / 0-)

    Over TAXES.  Period.  All of the other stuff contributed, but the primary reason for the defeat was the big tax increase of 1993.  Second reason was the attempt by the Clintons in early 1993 to populate the administration with radical liberals (Donna Shalala?) and policies (gays in the military?) who were way out of touch with the conservative culture of America in 1992.

    Never forget, Bill Clinton (and Hillary) was an accidental president.  America in the 1990's was still a VERY conservative nation.  It took a perfect storm of perceived recession, Ross Perot, and republican fatigue to defeat GHWB (who had 90% approval just a year and a half before the election, and who was presiding over a growing economy that was no longer in recession).  

    The Clintons, as they are wont to do, misinterpreted the election as a Dem mandate.  They tried for a year to govern as liberals.  Once the voters realized what they had done, they made a massive correction in 1994.  Once Clinton shifted right and started triangulating and advocating popular GOP positions (welfare reform, free trade, deregulation, etc) the voters realized he wasn't so bad, and they kind of liked him.  That's how he survived, when republicans were winning everywhere and everything else.

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