Now the Morning After for Democrats

Wally McNamee / CORBIS

Committee Chairman Senator Samuel Ervin (center) confers with his colleagues during the Senate Watergate Hearings in Washington, DC

"The election was only the beginning. If we don't perform, we'll be held accountable—and we should be."

— Democratic National Committee Chairman Robert Strauss

Democrats could have danced all night, and some of them did, as the champagne corks popped and the band played on in hotels and headquarters across the nation on Nov. 5. But on the morning after their sweeping election victories, most Democrats recognized that they had received no mandate from the American electorate. Because of Watergate and the economy, voters either protested by...

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