Bill Clinton: Breaking Through

Clinton pushes his economic plan through the House and gains a chance to reshape the Supreme Court

Bill Clinton might not relish comparisons of himself with either Lyndon Johnson or Ronald Reagan. As a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he demonstrated against Johnson's Vietnam policy, and he is now pushing a deficit-cutting program that specifically aims to stand Reaganomics on its ear. But as a bandwagon driver, Clinton is getting off to a start that either of his quick- off-the-mark predecessors might envy. Like them, he is capitalizing on a combination of shrewd planning, guile in bargaining and no little luck to put a stamp on policy that could be lasting.

Last week, for example, with the aid of...

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