January 24, 2010

THE CLINTON LEGISLATIVE LEGACY BOILS DOWN TO JUST TWO THINGS...:

Barack Obama looks to Bill Clinton for answers: President Barack Obama is seeking inspiration from Bill Clinton, the last Democratic incumbent of the White House, in an effort to fight back from the lowest point of his year-old administration. (Philip Sherwell, 24 Jan 2010, Daily Telegraph)

Despite their bitter fall-out during the bitter primary campaign with his wife Hillary Clinton, Mr Obama is this weekend looking at how Mr Clinton put his presidency back on track after the Democrats suffered disastrous mid-term congressional results in 1994, two years after he came to power.

Mr Obama will try to recapture the spark of his campaign with his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night when he will hammer home plans for a second jobs stimulus package and the drastic overhaul of Wall Street which he announced last week. [...]

Many Obama operatives are scornful of Mr Clinton's tendency for small-bore tinkering and his embrace of populist centrist initiatives during most of his time in office. But they are nonetheless well aware that his change of strategy, after his own attempt at health care reform led by then first lady Hillary became fatally bogged down, completely resurrected his faltering presidency.


...free trade agreements and Welfare Reform. But those were great things. Were the UR to likewise ask the GOP to help him pass the existing free trade bills, over the heads of his own party, and seek a Health Care Reform bill that is as Third Way as welfare reform was, he could, likewise, save his presidency. If he aspires to genuine greatness, he could reform Social Security along similar lines and get both moderate Republicans and his own party to pass a Reaganesque immigration reform (thereby completing the Bush presidency).

Attacking banks and looking to waste more money on "stimulus" is the opposite of what he should learn from Bill Clinton.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2010 9:02 AM
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