Interpreting the New Moderation

Congress and Reagan adjust their course by the voters' compass

From the cloistered political scientist spinning academic theories about ideological trends to the clubhouse party pro grubbing for fresh clues on how to elect future candidates, various experts will be mulling for months over the minutiae of the 1982 election returns. What matters in practical national terms, however, is how the politicians in power interpret the sentiments expressed by voters on Nov. 2, and how those millions of often clashing voices translate into calls for specific courses of governmental action. Last week there was an emerging consensus among leading politicians, based as...

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