The Political Interest It's the Job, Stupid

Bill Clinton jets across the country and shoots hoops with a bunch of inner- city kids at the scene of a devastating race riot. A political slam dunk, right? Maybe not. For some of the wiser heads around Clinton, that campaign- style stop last week represented everything that's wrong with the President's self-described effort to "refocus" his presidency and win public support for his economic prescriptions. "A neat stunt for another time," says a Clinton adviser. "But the President traded baskets in the Los Angeles ghetto, where we've done about as much as Bush to improve things, which is nothing. Meanwhile,...

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