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Thursday, February 19, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Bipartisanship and the parliamentary era, part 4: The Gingrich era

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

As the 1990s dawned, the status quo of the Nixon years had returned to
Washington. A Democratic controlled Congress had recovered from the
1981-86 Republican Senate interregnum. The Republicans had become more
conservative and more Southern, and the Bush 41 Administration's
legislative hoped depended on a "conservative coalition" of the GOP
and Southern moderate Democrats. ... But the deck was about to shuffle
wildly in 1992 and 1994. The next key phase of our transition to
parliamentary style party discipline in Congress, defined
ideologically, was the Gingrich Era. I call the 1990s "the Gingrich
Era" rather than "the Clinton era" deliberately.

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