Opportunism knocks

Walzer, Michael
September 1996
New Republic;9/16/96-9/23/96, Vol. 215 Issue 12/13, p27
Defends the brand of political opportunism of U.S. President Bill Clinton when he signed into law the Republican welfare bill. Virtue of pragmatism found in an electoral opportunity; Views that politicians are supposed to be opportunistic in democracies where the imperatives of reelection always loom; Failure of liberals and leftists in mobilizing opposition to the bill; Political realities that Clinton has faced when signing the bill; Comparison between the principled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the opportunist Clinton; Suggestion that politicians of the far right and left are less likely to be opportunistic.


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