grained distrust of the Congress as an institution. If an ambivalent but essentially center-right public wished to modulate the pace of change rather than to completely reverse direction, the final results— Clinton reelected and Republicans returned to Congress—were perfectly logical and consistent with that desire.
The congressional elections of 1996 also continued the pattern of "losing to win." Republicans won Congress in 1994 by losing the presidency in 1992; Clinton won the presidency in 1996 by losing Congress in 1994; Republicans retained control of Congress in 1996 largely by losing the presidency again; and Clinton continued to win in his struggle to transform the Democratic Party because an alternative party power source in Congress was defeated both in 1994 and 1996. The negative coalition of 1994 survived, yet its very existence provoked the formation of the negative coalition of 1996. It is these two coalitions, wedded to each other by their mutual antagonisms, that are fated now to govern together.