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He regrets the “social” impacts of NAFTA. The agreement, he told me, was a fait accompli, but he said he was certain Al Gore would beat George W. Bush and that Gore would fix it.

Didn't miss by much.

Maybe "Third way" is another way of saying "assume an honorable opposition." Maybe Clinton should have known better, but there'd been no experience of opposition to a Democratic president since the Carter years, and not many people foresaw Rumsfeld, Cheney et al rising from their coffins.

But I'm not arguing with your take on Clinton too much. He was and is more of a shmoozer than a fighter, and that can only take you so far in our brave new world.

It's interesting, Kennedy stayed on board NCLB even though he knows it's bad law for what he claims to be the same reason: better to have a bad law we can fix than no law at all. And the same thing happened with Medicare Part D, which is a travesty.

Now immigration legislation is stalled but only because it isn't draconian enough to suit the maniacs in the House. If the GOP holds on to the House and the Senate and the immigration law is reworked to accomodate the extremists, I wonder if the Dems will still be signing the same "some law is better than no law" tune. If they do, then I don't think we can chalk their appeasement up to underestimating their opponents or civility.

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