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How was the 1998 election different from all other elections? Not in party strength: Republicans and Democrats won almost exactly the same percentages of the vote and number of House seats as in 1996. Nor was there any great mandate for change: Only a handful of incumbents were defeated. Turnout was unchanged, too, staying for the most part within the same 36 percent to 40 percent range of all off-year elections in the past quarter century.

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How was the 1998 election different from all other elections? Not in party strength: Republicans and Democrats won almost exactly the same percentages of the vote and number of House seats as in 1996. Nor was there any great mandate for change: Only a handful of incumbents were defeated. Turnout was unchanged, too, staying for the most part within the same 36 percent to 40 percent range of all off-year elections in the past quarter century.

The difference was a fundamental change in mood. In 1998, Americans voted against what a classic 1988 editorial in The Economist called "crunchiness" and for what the magazine called "sogginess." Crunchy choices are binary; the light switch is either off or on, with clearly distinct consequences. Soggy choices represent only a marginal, perhaps imperceptible change. In the prosperous, peaceful late 1990s, Americans were comfortable with the incorrigibly soggy Bill Clinton—and deeply uncomfortable with the aggressive crunchiness of the most visible congressional Republican, Newt Gingrich. The 1998 elections—and elections are always a crunchy process—saw no significantly different partisan balance. But they did produce very different outcomes for the two party leaders.

The Almanac of American Politics 2000, which very much tends to the crunchy side, is a vital tool in assessing today's increasingly soggy political scene. No other book offers so much information plus such a clear road map to our political present and future (be it crunchy or soggy). In addition to a provocative new Introduction by Michael Barone, this completely updated edition includes:

  • Insightful, colorful profiles and photographs of all 535 members of Congress and all 50 governors
  • Voting records on important legislation
  • Revealing descriptions of each state and congressional district with historical, economic, social, and political background information
  • Congressional ratings by National Journal and a dozen influential interest groups
  • Updated maps showing each congressional district, including recent redistricting changes
  • 1998 election results for each member of Congress and presidential results by congressional district
  • Exclusive election forecasts for every 2000 race from Washington's foremost political handicapper, Charlie Cook
  • Access to the Almanac Web Edition, providing up-to-date information on key votes of the 106th Congress, results from special and interim elections, and more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812931938
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/1999
  • Series: Almanac of American Politics Ser.
  • Pages: 1632
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 2.25 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors

Michael Barone, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report, has visited all 435 congressional districts. Barone regularly appears as an analyst and commentator on various television and radio news shows. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School and lives in Washington, D.C.

Grant Ujifusa is president of the Ladd-Ujifusa Research Group, which conducts public-opinion polls and market research in the United States and Japan. He is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in Chappaqua, New York.

About the Publisher

Called "the nation's most respected nonpartisan source of information about how Washington policymaking machinery really works" by Newsweek, National Journal has been in the forefront of reporting on American politics for more than twenty-five years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    Great Book

    I started to read this book because I didn't know much about politics and since the election was coming up I decided to start learning about before I vote, I don't think any other book would make a novice into an expert.

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