The Political Interest the First 100 Days

Surefooted during the campaign, Clinton shows signs of losing his intuitive touch in office. What's gone wrong, and can he regain the initiative?

There is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful of success, than to step up as a leader in the introduction of changes. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.

-- Niccolo Machiavelli

Bill Clinton, apostle of the new and different, a President who has already proved Machiavelli's assertion, asks to be judged by the toughest standard imaginable. Throughout the campaign, Clinton routinely promised...

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