The agenda of Mike Allen's June 6 front-page article, "GOP Worries Ethics Issue May Hurt Party," about the alleged ethical problems of some Republican members of Congress, is made clear in the final sentence, when he mentions that one of the accused lawmakers, Bob Ney of Ohio, was first elected in 1994, "the year of the anti-incumbent revolution." This wholly inaccurate bit of description seems to imply that the election results in that year reflected a general rejection by the public of incumbents of both parties, Democrat and Republican.
In fact, only incumbents with the Democratic Party label lost that year; no incumbent Republican governor, senator or House member was defeated, an almost unprecedented result. And, of course, the biggest story of that election was the seizure of control of both houses of Congress by the GOP for the first time in more than 40 years.
So it seems that it would have been more accurate to refer to that year as the year of the "anti-Democratic," "pro-Republican" or even "conservative" revolution. But I guess Allen was too mean-spirited to give a truthful description, even in passing, of a Republican triumph.
-- Jim Dicke