The Political Interest: Clinton's Identity Crisis

Clinton's Identity Crisis

Poor Alice Rivlin. She told the truth and is getting burned for it. Democrats, including Bill Clinton, whom she serves as budget director, have disavowed her list of "illustrative options" designed to boost the nation's wobbly economy. Republicans, distorting her discussion of possible tax increases and entitlement cuts, are running television spots attacking her.

Rivlin is simply doing her job. In urging alternatives for a mid-course correction, she aims to keep Clinton in the White House for a second term.

The President is in a box. Elected to break the gridlock, he is now viewed as its captive. What to do?...

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