Jewish World Review March 15, 2011 / 9 Adar II, 5771
By Paul Greenberg
It would be wrong to say this president had no policy toward the revolution in
There in a nutshell is the difference between the proper Wilhelmine idea of what public service should entail and the more with-it American way. In
A remnant of the Democrats' claim to be a centrist party -- the think tank called the
Where have all the party's moderates gone? Gone with
Adopting a rigid ideology makes neither party more attractive to those Americans who like their politics practical rather than doctrinal. The birthers, the truthers, the anti-fluoridation crusaders, and other such enthusiasts make for great diversions, not Republican electoral victories. However entertaining these various eccentrics, the voters tend to be more interested in practical solutions than rigid ideologies. That's the genius of American politics -- and our saving grace.
Whatever advantages appealing to the base of the party may have in the primaries, that approach tends to fade as summer gives way to fall. Partisan rants give way to more thoughtful appeals to the country as a whole.
The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination next year is turning into a competition to determine who can sound more like
The defining personal characteristic of both those candidates, Reagan and Eisenhower, was their good will. In memory they always seem to be smiling. Maybe because they were. Principle doesn't have to be strident to be effective. Quite the contrary. Good will remains the most efficient force in politics. As it is in life.
Well, sure. Can anyone remember anything that was said at this year's convocation of the gods and gurus at
Speaking of his latest goal, Mr. Clinton acknowledged: "I have nothing to do with that achievement, but I would like it. I would like to have a happy wife, and she won't be unless she's a grandmother. It's something she wants more than she wanted to be president."
Well, sure again. Who wouldn't prefer being a grand to being president? Mr. Clinton's comment about the Mrs. only confirms the impression that Hillary was always the Clinton with the right priorities.
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