Waco Factors Into 1994 Elections

The U.S. government's attack on the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, in 1993 triggered a wave of antigovernment sentiment. This became a factor in the 1994 elections, in which Republicans won majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate.

Democrat Jack Brooks, who had chaired the House hearings on Waco, was soundly defeated by Republican Steve Stockman. One of Stockman's commercials asks, "What did Jack Brooks have to say about what happened to the Davidian families?", then quotes Brooks saying, "Horrible people. Despicable people. Burning to death was too good for them. They'd like a slower method." The commercial shows FBI tanks plowing burning walls into Mt. Carmel's ruins.