In the Parliament of 1881-5 Clemenceau had represented intransigent opposition. As the Opportunists had a clear majority over both Radicals and Right combined, he had little chance of being brought into the government. His position was very different in the Parliament of 1885-9. Although the elections had proved a bitter disappointment, he seemed to have a strong tactical position in that the Opportunists no longer had a majority over all other groups. They had to form coalitions in which the Radicals could expect to wield considerable influence. Clemenceau could be expected to be the major beneficiary of this situation, and he was able to exercise much influence in these years, although he was not himself asked to join a cabinet. There is a noticeable difference in his political activities after 1885. Between 1881 and 1885 Clemenceau won his reputation as an orator with no fewer than twenty-seven major speeches in the Chamber, as well as many speeches to public meetings. His 'comptes-rendus du mandat' to his Montmartre electors at the Cirque Fernando were major events, and he made speaking tours through the provinces. He was especially active in the months immediately before the 1885 elections, but he addressed public meetings in some of the great provincial cities on several other occasions. After 1885 all this ceased: in the new Parliament his interventions were few and brief, and outside speeches ceased altogether. He was now seeking a place in the government. No longer was he the most extreme of Radical politicians. He saw the importance in politics of commanding the middle ground. Systematic opposition for its own sake was never part of Clemenceau's scheme of things. He was in politics to achieve practical results, not for the sake of sterile assertions of principle.