August 31, 2009

THE WICKER MAN:

Missing Richard Nixon (PAUL KRUGMAN, 8/31/09, NY Times)

Many of the retrospectives on Ted Kennedy’s life mention his regret that he didn’t accept Richard Nixon’s offer of a bipartisan health care deal. The moral some commentators take from that regret is that today’s health care reformers should do what Mr. Kennedy balked at doing back then, and reach out to the other side.

But it’s a bad analogy, because today’s political scene is nothing like that of the early 1970s. In fact, surveying current politics, I find myself missing Richard Nixon.


Indeed, Richard Nixon was our last liberal president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2009 7:09 AM
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