Nation: The Conservatives Are Coming!

Congress braces for the onslaught of the Republicans

"It's unbelievable—it's a revolution," declared a member of Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy's staff. "It's a total reversal—the change is going to be drastic," said an aide to one of the Senate's few surviving liberal Republicans, Maryland's Charles Mathias. The gloom and foreboding among the anonymous legislative technicians who had hitched their careers to long-dominant Democrats and once fashionable moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate were symbolic of the postelection upheaval on Capitol Hill. Aides who could joke at the prospect of soon being out of a...

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