The Nation: Victory For the Middle

A move to the center in off-year elections

Psephologists will be sorting out the particulars for months to come, but one trend was clear in last week's off-year election returns: a solid vote for sanity. The people shunned way-out ideas and candidates, preferred plainspokenness to blarney, supported caution over experiment, and trusted what they could see for themselves, instead of what traditional politics and machine politicians told them. The many referendums on the ballots reflected a growing public demand for more efficient and less meddlesome government. The political center not only held; it...

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