The Political Interest: Reinventing Bill Clinton

Reinventing Bill Clinton

Until now, it's been all Newt. He lectures; he threatens; he denies; he clarifies. Every word, every musing, every hyperbolic expression is recorded and decoded. Newt Gingrich, the incoming House speaker, has dominated the debate as few politicians ever do. Even Bill Clinton, still conflicted about What It All Means a month after the Republicans' midterm rout, seems almost mute before Newt.

It's not just that Newt is new; it's that he has ideas, 10 simple and simplistic solutions embodied in his "Contract with America." Not all of Newt's poll-driven notions are nonsense, of course, but transparency is their common denominator....

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