The Political Interest: The Next Big Election

The Next Big Election

For a politician, as even Bill Clinton once acknowledged, "everything is subordinate to survival." Congressional Democrats now face a tricky calculation: how to relate to a weakened President in a way that will save their own skin. The question is especially acute in the Senate, where Democrats and moderate Republicans know that Clinton will call on them to block the harshest expressions of Gingrichism.

The Senate Democrats will set the tone of their relationship with the President next week when they decide who should become their minority leader. The battle for the job pits two members who embody different skills and...

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