04 December, 2020

Americans Vote For Status Quo

After a tough four years, Clinton captures the middle ground

Americans Vote For Status Quo

BUOYED by a strong economy, President Bill Clinton breezed into a second term last week, crushing Republican Bob Dole, expanding his share of the popular vote over 1992, and becoming the first Democrat since Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt to be returned to office. Clinton crafted a decisive victory by dominating Dole in all regions except the South and parts of the Mid-West.

Clinton’s victory is one of the most incredible come-from-behind stories of American politics. Scorned for his liberal excesses in 1993, humiliated by a Republican sweep in 1994, forced to defend his own political relevance in 1995, plagued by a string of ethical investigations throughout his four years, he still managed to win. It is an astounding achievement, especially for one so mired in scandal. The fact that more than half of those who voted for him said they doubted his trustworthiness makes his victory even more remarkable.

Nevertheless, Clinton’s mandate is somewhat uncertain. Although his share of the electoral vote is handsome...



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