Votes, Money, And The Clinton Impeachment

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The politics of impeachment have been explained in either partisan or ethical terms. Morris argues that most legislators-and nearly all Democrats-simply voted their constituents' preferences on the Clinton impeachment and conviction. Those who voted against their constituencies did so for a variety of reasons, but all expected to be able to raise sufficient campaign funds to overcome their constituents’ displeasure. The ability of incumbent Republicans to raise the huge campaign war chests offset their ...
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Overview


The politics of impeachment have been explained in either partisan or ethical terms. Morris argues that most legislators-and nearly all Democrats-simply voted their constituents' preferences on the Clinton impeachment and conviction. Those who voted against their constituencies did so for a variety of reasons, but all expected to be able to raise sufficient campaign funds to overcome their constituents’ displeasure. The ability of incumbent Republicans to raise the huge campaign war chests offset their constituents’ frustration with the Clinton impeachment and allowed them to maintain their majority party status in the House. Republican Senators were not as successful. Morris emphasizes the ways in which our current system of campaign finance both enabled the Republican leadership to impeach Clinton and allowed the Republicans to retain the House majority, and then he concludes with a discussion of the role of money in modern American politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813398082
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Transforming American Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Irwin Morris is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina in 1994. He writes on monetary policy, executive-legislative relations, Southern politics and public opinion. He is also the author of Congress, the President, and the Federal Reserve: The Politics of American Monetary Policymaking.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Scandal 21
House Response to the Report of the Independent Counsel 27
3 Public Opinion and the Clinton Impeachment 37
Evaluations of the President and Opinions on Impeachment 42
Explaining Opposition to Impeachment 48
Postscript: Public Opinion in the Aftermath 57
4 Representation and Impeachment 59
Background and Theory of Roll Call Voting 60
Estimating District-Level Opinion 70
Modeling Roll Call Voting on Impeachment 72
5 Representation and Conviction 83
Institutional Distinctiveness of the House and Senate, and Why It Mattered for Impeachment 85
Roll Call Voting in the Senate 88
Voting on Conviction in the Senate 92
Estimating State-Level Opinion 93
6 Making up: Impeachment, Fundraising, and Roll Calls in the House 105
Impeachment Votes and Campaign Funding 112
7 Electoral Aftermath: The Wages of Impeachment in the House 121
Impact of Impeachment Votes on Election Results: The House 122
Results for the House of Representatives 127
8 Making Up or Losing Out?: Fundraising and Impeachment in the Senate 139
Nature of Fundraising and Senate Campaigns 140
Conviction and Campaign Financing 144
Estimating the Effect of Unpopular Conviction Votes on Campaign Fundraising 147
Wages of Conviction 155
9 The Usually Hidden Dangers of Politics as Usual 161
Notes 173
References 183
Index 193
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