TITLE

Opportunism knocks

AUTHOR(S)
Walzer, Michael
PUB. DATE
September 1996
SOURCE
New Republic;9/16/96-9/23/96, Vol. 215 Issue 12/13, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
9609037833

 

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