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Paul Krugman: Will Obama be another Clinton?
By Paul Krugman -
Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Story appeared in EDITORIALS section, Page B7Print | E-Mail | Comment
It's feeling a lot like 1992 right now. It's also feeling a lot like 1980. But which parallel is closer? Is Barack Obama going to be a Ronald Reagan of the left, a president who fundamentally changes the country's direction? Or will he be just another Bill Clinton?Current polls – not horse-race polls, which are notoriously uninformative until later in the campaign, but polls gauging the public mood – are strikingly similar to those in both 1980 and 1992, years in which an overwhelming majority of Americans were dissatisfied with the country's direction......................
To compromise his principles
But in a presidential race? The transparent fawning of Obama on the Israeli lobby stands out more than similar efforts by the other candidates. Why? Because his dizzying success in the primaries was entirely due to his promise to bring about a change, to put an end to the rotten practices of Washington and to replace the old cynics with a young, brave person who does not compromise his principles. And lo and behold, the very first thing he does after securing the nomination of his party is to compromise his principles.
Ted Rudow III,MA