Happy Days Are Here Again

The day after elections last week, facing interviewers on the White House lawn, chief of staff Leon Panetta looked even more Oscar Levantlike than usual as he tried to put the best face on a vote that hadn't really gone the Administration's way. While other commentators, overwhelmed at the turn of events, had been forced to consult thesauruses in an effort to find synonyms for "wholesale repudiation" and "visceral disgust," Panetta had a slightly different take. Bill Clinton had been elected on a platform of change, Panetta explained, and now the voters had expressed a desire for even more change --...

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