Nothing to Cheer

The biggest casualty of the midterm election may be George Bush

The voting took place amid rumors of war and recession and was preceded by a budget spectacle in Washington that made many Americans wonder if their system of government was too sclerotic to survive. Various pundits thought they detected a budding anarchic streak in the voters, a sullen, throw-the-bums-out attitude toward all incumbents, good and bad, Democrats and Republicans. Some political analysts forecast a populist revolt and called for campaign reform and mandatory term limitations to help restore the public's flagging confidence. But for all the advance drama and disquiet, when the ballots were cast and counted, the country did not...

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