Over the course of ten presidential campaigns, I traveled a lot of miles with David Broder of the Washington Post. We traveled on campaign planes and buses; we traveled scrunched together in cars, filled with quartets of snuffling and coughing journalists, traversing Iowa–somehow, always, a windy, blizzardy 2-hour drive from one event to the next–during those months when Iowa was saturated with candidates. We were not close friends. He was aloof, older, rectitudinous.
Ezra Klein–this is boring, but it’s almost always the case–has yet another smart piece today in which he posits Barack Obama as a moderate Republican from the early 1990s. I don’t know about the label, but the substance is right on target:Â Obama favored an individual mandate universal health care plan, which–as I’ve insisted here before–was originally a Republican idea (the first version I saw in the early 1990s was Stuart Butler’s Heritage Foundation plan, if you can believe it).
In the beginning, it was almost possible to believe Donald Trump had a coherent worldview. There were those, like Walter Russell Mead in Foreign Affairs, who argued that the president had a purposeful, Andrew Jackson-inspired “America First” policy. Alliances and treaties, especially trade deals, would be measured according to a narrow definition of national interest rather than long-term global stability. This was a simplistic, nearsighted strategy, but at least it made some political sense.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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