It is a foolish fancy, perhaps, but indulge me for a moment by making the assumption that the 1994 mid-term election results signified that a plurality of our voting fellow citizens wanted their rulers to think more as the Republicans than as the Democrats do. Just imagine, if you can, that more people liked the Republican “Contract with America” than liked what the Clinton administration has done for the past two years—or the Democratic Congress for the past forty. Far-fetched as these assumptions may seem to our political and media sophisticates, who are so well practiced at looking into the true and hidden meanings of such epiphenomena, suppose that the actual explanation of the election results were also the simplest. What then would we make of the veritable frenzy of analysis carried on by those same sophisticates in order to come up with subtler and more sinister explanations?

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