Thursday, October 18, 2007
Ogonowski did gain real traction by casting Tsongas as the de facto incumbent and running as an outsider to the political process. He also found fertile ground by calling for a crackdown on illegal immigration and decrying Tsongas' support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as amnesty.
With that campaign strategy, Ogonowski may have provided Republicans a blueprint to follow in contested races next year.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Yes, It Was All Bill's Fault, Part II: Paul Starr in The American Prospect, chastising those who argue that it Hillary Clinton was behind the White House's political misjudgements in the health care fight of 1994:
According to recurrent accounts -- most recently in Carl Bernstein's shoddily researched biography A Woman in Charge -- it was supposedly Hillary's secretiveness and rigidity that led to fatal decisions about the White House health plan and political strategy. Careful reporting after the failure of the health plan showed these charges were false.