CORRECTING HIS POSTURE

CLINTON STANDS UP AGAINST THE G.O.P. BUDGET, IN LARGE PART TO WIN BACK THE LOYALTY OF FELLOW DEMOCRATS

SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO RESTORE a frayed friendship is to pick a fight with a common enemy. When chief of staff Leon Panetta gathered 15 or so of the President's top advisers last week to plan their communications strategy, Topic A was to figure out what message Bill Clinton should convey if, as expected, the stalemate with Republicans over the budget leads to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government this Tuesday. A shutdown, precipitated in part by Clinton's refusal to accept Republican budget priorities, could be a good thing for the President, Panetta and others offered. Their reasoning: it...

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