2008: Determined Democratic Liberals A small group of ideological purists in the House occasionally bucked Democratic leaders because they didn’t think that their leadership’s bills were liberal enough.
2007: The New Center When Republicans held the majorities, the members at the ideological center voted for the agenda set by President Bush and GOP congressional leaders. Those dynamics changed radically last year.
2006: Left to Right Legislative track records leave White House contenders open to plenty of pointed questions from voters and the news media—and provide opponents with endless opportunities for mischief and attacks.
2005: Down the Middle In both the House and the Senate last year, Republican centrists found themselves exercising newfound influence and creating plenty of headaches for President Bush and GOP leaders.
2004: Presidential Wannabes National Journal took an in-depth look at the Senate voting patterns of seven Republicans and six Democrats senators who are considered potential 2008 presidential candidates.
2003: How They Measured Up National Journal’s vote ratings for 2003 offer one measure of what happens when rank-and-file Republican lawmakers seek to be more ideologically pure than their president or GOP congressional leaders.
2002: Keeping Score Of the seven congressional Democrats who are running for president in 2004 or have indicated they might run, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts had the most liberal voting record last year.
2001: A Shallow Bipartisanship National Journal’s annual congressional vote ratings for 2001 reveal little change from previous voting patterns. House and Senate members continued to vote predominantly along partisan lines on most major issues.
2000: Gridlock, By the Numbers The ratings of House and Senate members, based on key votes they cast last year, show that the unusually partisan patterns that took hold in 1999 continued throughout 2000.
1998: Managing the Middle Shifting coalitions shaped by Democratic and GOP centrists continued to determine the outcome of key legislative initiatives and the success of both parties’ leadership strategies.
1994: Epitaph for an Era Democrats went down swinging on Capitol Hill last year. On most major issues, President Clinton and his party in Congress accentuated their differences with congressional Republicans.
1993: Choosing Sides On social- and foreign-policy issues, as well as on economic ones, few members of either party were inclined toward bipartisan accommodation, a review of last year’s major votes reveals.