Odd man out

Deciphering the meaning of a national election after the fact is about as exact a science as predicting its outcome beforehand. Just ask the dozens of pundits who confidently foretold Republican gains in both the House and the Senate in this month’s congressional elections. Or ask Newt Gingrich. The Republican speaker, tempted by the prospect of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, bet a good deal of political capital on the Monica...

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