CAN (AND SHOULD) THIS MARRIAGE BE SAVED?

A DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS USUALLY MEANS TROUBLE FOR THE COUNTRY

In the catalog of conventional wisdom, the most hopeful outcome of the 1996 election is a scenario in which the Democratic President and the Republican Congress actually work together to govern in a spirit of comity and bipartisanship, thereby fulfilling the mandate of the voters.

Don't bet on it. Not if history is any guide.

Set aside the ethics crises nipping at the heels of both the President and the Speaker of the House, plus the possibility of an imminent recession--each of which in its own right would be enough to shred this idyllic scenario. The division between a Democratic President...

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