Votes, Money, And The Clinton Impeachment

Votes, Money, And The Clinton Impeachment

by Irwin Morris

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Votes, Money, And The Clinton Impeachment by Irwin Morris

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813398082
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Series: Transforming American Politics Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresxi
Prefacexv
1Introduction1
Introduction1
Background3
Briefly, the Facts5
Legislative Politics in Unusual Times8
What about "the Public"?12
Why Study the Clinton Impeachment?15
What This Book Is Not17
Chapter Outline18
2The Scandal21
House Response to the Report of the Independent Counsel27
Appendix 2-136
3Public Opinion and the Clinton Impeachment37
Evaluations of the President and Opinions on Impeachment42
Explaining Opposition to Impeachment48
Postscript: Public Opinion in the Aftermath57
4Representation and Impeachment59
Background and Theory of Roll Call Voting60
Estimating District-Level Opinion70
Modeling Roll Call Voting on Impeachment72
5Representation and Conviction83
Institutional Distinctiveness of the House and Senate, and Why It Mattered for Impeachment85
Roll Call Voting in the Senate88
Voting on Conviction in the Senate92
Estimating State-Level Opinion93
Conclusion103
6Making up: Impeachment, Fundraising, and Roll Calls in the House105
Impeachment Votes and Campaign Funding112
Conclusion118
Appendix119
7Electoral Aftermath: The Wages of Impeachment in the House121
Impact of Impeachment Votes on Election Results: The House122
Results for the House of Representatives127
Conclusion138
8Making Up or Losing Out?: Fundraising and Impeachment in the Senate139
Nature of Fundraising and Senate Campaigns140
Conviction and Campaign Financing144
Estimating the Effect of Unpopular Conviction Votes on Campaign Fundraising147
Wages of Conviction155
Conclusion158
9The Usually Hidden Dangers of Politics as Usual161
Notes173
References183
Index193

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