Scorecard They Also Serve

Who was this election's hottest political consultant? Who can lay claim to being the James Carville of the mid-1990s? Analyst Kevin Phillips, author of Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street, and the Frustration of American Politics, cautions that given the lopsided nature of the returns, "this election is not one in which you could grade Democratic and Republican consultants." Right, and winning isn't everything. Here's a look at the Senate and gubernatorial records of some prominent sharpies-for-hire:

CONSULTING FIRM

Carville & Begala

Batting Average

.500

WINNERS

Zell Miller, Gov. GA

LOSERS

Harris Wofford, Sen. PA

CONSULTING FIRM

Doak, Shrum, Harris, Carrier, Devine

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