Why, the other side, of course. That's the spin that both President Clinton and Republican leaders put on the compromise that formally reopened the Federal Government after a bitter six-day budgetary impasse. Republicans gloated that the deal commits the President to a seven-year time frame for a balanced budget. The President and his aides happily pointed out that the agreement requires Congress to respect White House priorities on such matters as Medicare, education, environmental protection and taxes.
No matter who got the best of whom--polls continued to show that the President won the public debate over...