February 28, 2010

PSSSST...ELEANOR...BILL CLINTON RAN AS A REPUBLICAN:

Be Careful What You Wish For (Eleanor Clift, Feb 26, 2010, Newsweek)

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg points out that it took Democrats a decade after the defining election of 1980, when President Reagan ushered in a new conservative era, to embrace new policy ideas with Clinton in '92. Greenberg studied the hopes, dreams, and voting habits of Reagan Democrats for years to find the road map back to "the forgotten middle class." Republicans are skipping the soul-searching. They are so giddy with the prospect that they could be returned to power after only two short years of Obama that they have done nothing to prepare a narrative for legislating or governing.

Candidate Clinton ran against the GHWB tax hikes and appeasement of Moscow and Beijing and in favor of Welfare reform, personalized SS accounts, national service, free trade, more police and executions. His path to the forgotten middle class was almost entirely a radical shift to conservative positions. Republicans need only finish the Clinton/W agenda to succeed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2010 8:35 AM
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