What the elections meant: Your e-mail
We got considerable e-mail about the '98 midterm elections. Here's a sample, and if you'd like to comment on the day's news, drop us an e-mail.
'Too many attorneys'
My reaction is that there are too many attorneys being elected. The government is polluted with attorneys from the Prez on down to the local offices. We need to close down some of the law schools instead of the medical schools.
Do you know what you get when you try to cross an attorney with a pig? Nothing, there are some things even a pig won't do.
-- Jim Galvin, Beaufort, South Carolina, November 6
'Republicans gambled and lost'
Clearly the Republicans' attempt to entrap the president has failed to win support from Americans and should be dropped as quickly and quietly as possible. The Republicans gambled and lost; maybe they will remember this, though I doubt it, the next time they are tempted to so blatantly and corruptly put their partisan politics ahead of the welfare of this great country. Thank God we still have citizens with common sense to put these idiotic, holier-than-thou politicians in their place.
-- J. Crowder, Birmingham, Alabama, November 5
'Really not paid attention'
I voted in this election and have been following the results avidly. In my opinion, had more voters turned out at the polls, the Republicans would have suffered and even more severe loss than just the five House seats, and the governorships.
The Republicans have really not paid attention to the issues which are of interest to voters like myself. I want roads repaired, bridges built, criminals kept off the streets, schools and education programs funded; I want Social Security's coffers kept funded so that when I retire in 30 years I will have a livable retirement income. I am very interested in seeing the environment properly taken care of, and the economic needs of our country met. The Republican Party has addressed none of these things.
All the Republicans have been interested in doing is impeaching President Clinton for an act that has absolutely no interest to me. I don't care what he and Lewinsky did together. That is strictly not my business or the business of Congress.
I see the Republicans as ignoring much more important agendas in favor of crucifying Clinton. And I voted on that basis, almost solidly Democratic. I think the Democrats pay attention to real needs and real issues better, and if I must pay taxes, this is what I want every member of Congress to pay attention to -- the real needs of the country, rather than focusing on one man alone.
-- Robert L. Cochran Jr., College Park, Maryland, November 5
'Only the hardcore'
With only 37 percent of the voters interested enough to vote, it is difficult to see how the Clinton fiasco motivated the majority to become activated to participate. It seems that only the hardcore on both sides were sufficiently motivated to act.
-- Steve Cowan, Galveston, Texas, November 5
'The Starr porno report'
I hear the Republicans saying the vote was not a result of the Monica story. I disagree. I and approximately 40 senior citizens voted a straight Democratic ticket just to show the Republicans that we disagreed heartily with the way they let out the Starr porno report, even though this was testimony from the grand jury investigation, supposed to be secret. We also did not agree with the way Starr used Monica's supposed friend to tape her, the entrapment that resulted, and most of the way he ran his investigation, including calling Monica's mother. As the Republicans seem to not care what the polls show the American people want -- DO NOT IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT -- there seems to be no way to get this across to the Republicans than to vote straight Democratic until things change, if not this election that just passed, than surely in the next one.
-- Maxine McManemy, Seattle, Washington, November 5
'Strictly on local issues'
Way too much is being made of the vote Tuesday. This was not a national referendum on either President Clinton or the Republicans.
When I and the other Colorado voters I've talked with went to the polls, we voted strictly on local issues. We didn't go into the voting booth with visions of Bill Clinton, Ken Starr and Newt Gingrich dancing in our heads.
Furthermore, nothing at all can be read into the fact that the Democrats picked up five seats in the House. That only happened because voters in those districts voted for them (meaning: they didn't choose them to reduce the Republican majority).
If the numbers happen to tip in favor of the Democrats, it's strictly coincidental. It was NOT part of any grand scheme initiated by voters.
These were all local elections.
-- Bill O'Brien, Denver, Colorado, November 5
'Something to remember'
It has now been shown that impeachment proceedings and further releases of information on Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky are not politically beneficial to Republicans. Suddenly Republicans, who denied partisan political motives before, are backing away from their prior emphasis on further investigation of President Clinton. Even Paula Jones' attorneys are losing interest now that no advantage to Republicans is seen to exist.
This is something to remember the next time Republicans state that they are only following the law rather than selectively using the law to pursue partisan political advantages.
-- Bill Faulk, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 5
'So far to the fringe right'
This has been the stupidest, without exception, election and budget passing that the Republicans have ever screwed up. The Republicans leadership is so far to the fringe right, and without regard to the average American, I am about ready to burn my membership in shame. When will the Republicans learn to sit down and shut up, and let the Teflon president twist in the wind on his own. Why couldn't they leave the tapes unplayed, why couldn't they stop that elephantine budget? Their election push hurt more than helped many of the borderline races. Our state has more than ever solidified the Dems and we likely will never achieve a balance that would put us back on the road to economic recovery. We have a very frustrated under-represented business group in Hawaii who feel that the state just put out the "Closed for Business" sign. Thanks to the small businesses who didn't get out and vote for change.
-- Denise Walker, Hilo, Hawaii, November 4
'Pleased with the outcome'
I must start by saying that I am pleased with the outcome of the elections. I am a registered Democrat, but I have never voted a straight ticket. This year, however, I was so angered by the Republicans' arrogance in the Lewinsky matter that I voted a straight Democratic ticket. Even after it was clear that the people wanted Congress to get back to work on the important issues facing the country, they continued the "witch hunt," ignoring the will of the people who put them in office. Maybe now they'll begin to get the message that we put them there to do what we tell them to do. We didn't elect any of them GOD.
I'm not defending the president's behavior, but enough is enough. The people want this matter brought to a swift and proper end, so that we can get back to the issues at hand. Will they listen to the voice of the people now? If not , they may be even more disappointed two years from now.
-- Henry Montminy, Gorham, New Hampshire, November 4
'A huge mistake'
Naturally, I am disappointed in the results of the election. To a degree, I do fault the GOP's last-minute decision to launch Anti-Clinton campaign ads in hopes to win a vast majority of the seats. From the start, I found it to be a huge mistake on the Republicans' behalf to place a focus on a topic, while important, that most Americans were tired of hearing.
Republicans need to take a more united and supportive stand and make it a point to send a consistent message. Maybe all politicians should take a serious look at Minnesota's new governor-elect who freely expressed his honesty and willingness to be truthful with the people fo Minnesota.
A lonely Republican in a very Democratic city,
-- Lisamarie Robotham, New York, November 4
Friday, November 6, 1998
Gingrich stuns Washington by stepping aside
Reaction pours in to Gingrich's decision
Gingrich's decision: How it happened
RNC's Nicholson vows to remain in power
Text of Gingrich statement
House GOP leadership fight gets rolling
Sen. Moynihan tells friends he won't seek another term
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards indicted
Newt Gingrich: The man
12 states to get $50 million in housing aid
Census director wants guidance for 2000
Legal scholars oppose impeachment
Clinton honors Little Rock's Central High School
Tipper Gore plans Central America trip
White House salutes leading artists
Gramm to head banking committee