The Myth of "Clinton Fatigue" 

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Feb. 18 2000 9:30 PM

The Myth of "Clinton Fatigue" 

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New Republic, Feb. 28

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A cover story claims that Michigan, not South Carolina, is the critical GOP primary. If John McCain wins Michigan Tuesday, "the strategic calculation that undergirds the Bush campaign will collapse." To thwart challenges to Bush, Gov. John Engler moved Michigan's primary up a month and organized party leaders behind George W. If Engler's firewall crumbles, the nomination is up for grabs. Another cover piece warns that the Arizona primary could trip its favorite son. McCain will win, but prominent state Republicans from Gov. Jane Dee Hull on down will broadcast their distaste for McCain. Arizona Republicans claim McCain is unpleasant to work with and inattentive to state issues. " TRB" argues that "Clinton fatigue" is a hoax perpetuated by the punditocracy. Unlike every president since 1945, Bill Clinton has not seen his approval ratings drop during his second term.

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Economist, Feb. 24

The cover editorial  assails the "common misbehavior" of autocratic Arab states. Political Islam is difficult to reconcile with democracy. The cover story  applauds Iranian President Muhammad Khatami for abolishing "the petty rules" of the Islamic state by allowing people to date and to read dissenting news. Iran will not be truly democratic until it abandons clerical rule. An article predicts that the second generation of digital cash will end credit cards' domination of e-commerce. Virtual money initially flopped because it required special software and could only be spent at a few sites. E-cash 2.0 is easier to use. It eases consumer-to-consumer transactions and satisfies the demand for online anonymity.

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New York Times Magazine, Feb. 20

The cover story worries that turboconsumerism is turning sex into a public health issue. Viagra's $1 billion in annual sales catalyzed the development of testosterone patches, genital-stimulation creams, and clitoral pumps. An article applauds female political fund-raisers, who are making inroads in what has been a male-dominated field. Julie Finley, "the Republican Pamela Harriman," raised $10 million for the GOP. A piece admires Salon.com's determination to remain an independent voice online. Editor David Talbot has made Salon into "a smart tabloid," and he hopes it will become the anchor of a commercial and media empire.

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Atlantic Monthly, March 2000

The first issue edited by Michael Kelly. The cover story condemns the commercialization of universities. In exchange for contributions, universities give corporations the right to own inventions by professors. Corporations insist that university scientists conceal their discoveries, and researchers shrink from publishing conclusions that might damage their corporate benefactors. Energy companies sponsor studies that minimize the threat of global warming. One university criminologist, whose research supports private prisons, failed to disclose that he had received $3 million from the private-prison industry.

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American Prospect, Feb. 28

A piece argues that Bill Bradley's campaign is sustained by the candidate's "feeling of moral superiority." Bradley didn't abandon the high road by attacking Al Gore's character, he simply went "from being serenely self-righteous to militantly so."

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