"The Election of 1996: And Our Coming Choice Between Freedom and Entitlement,” The American Enterprise, Jan-Feb. 1997, pp. 28-31.
The results of the 1996 elections were a relief for Republicans, who expected to lose the presidency and thought they might lose the Congress, and a disappointment for Democrats, who took a presidential victory for granted and hoped for more. There was satisfaction for neither party.
Republicans could be glad that the 1994 realignment of Congress in their favor was confirmed; that Bill Clinton, in order to win, had moved to the right; and that a referendum against racial preferences passed in California. Yet the partisan euphoria of 1994 for the Republican Revolution is gone, and the country remains under divided government. Americans, especially women, seem uneasy about cutting, much less abandoning, their entitlements.