The Political Interest: The Brains Behind Clinton

The Brains Behind Clinton

Later this week in New Orleans, Bill Clinton will interrupt his nomination strut to address the Democratic Leadership Council's annual convention. In a real sense, Clinton will be going home. The widespread disenchantment with his candidacy and the tailoring of his pitch to appeal to the liberal activists who control so much of the Democrats' primary process have obscured the centrist notions that define his effort, the nothing-for-nothing hard-edged nostrums he is resurrecting to use against George Bush. The intellectual origins of these themes, and many of their specific applications, can be traced to the D.L.C. and its think tank, the...

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