1995–1996: The Puzzle Fits Beautifully
President Bill Clinton was facing a political nightmare not seen since the days of Democratic president Harry Truman in 1946, when the Republican Party gained 55 House seats to take control of the House of Representatives and 12 seats to control the US Senate. President Truman’s approval rating was down in the low 30 percent range, and the Democratic Party was reeling from a power vacuum left over a year earlier upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. President Truman was able to recover his political might and humiliate the political pundits by winning the reelection in 1948. The Democratic Party also recaptured both houses of Congress. The feeling of many Democrats in January 1995 was one of disillusionment and shock as control of the gavel passed from Speaker of the House Democrat Tom Foley to Republican Newt Gingrich.
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