posted on Oct, 26 2008 @ 09:17 PM
I think Bill Clinton was a more successful president than some of you give him credit for. He wiped out the enormous deficit caused by Reagan and
Bush 41, initiated no foreign wars, and his term in office coincided with a period of prosperity, some of which you could give him credit for.
Republicans, especially, very much liked his welfare reforms, though I'm not so enthusiastic about those.
But Clinton ran to the right of his party, as did Gore and even Kerry to some extent. It has been awhile since a "real" Democrat has been in
office. There was LBJ in the sixties with his great record on civil rights legislation and his "great society" and "war on poverty," but the war
in Vietnam was his undoing. There was Carter in the 1970's but he had difficulty working with Congress, which turned out to be his undoing.
Barack Obama is a "classic" liberal in the mold of Roosevelt, Truman and JFK. He actually is a little (not a lot but a little) to the left of the
Republicans. Thus he is decried as a socialist, a Marxist, or even, by six degrees of separation, a Weatherperson. That, however, is an indication
of how far to the right this country has shifted, not an accurate measure of where he actually stands.
It is because he has taken up the "classic" Liberal banner that he generates so much enthusiasm. His ideas seem new and fresh in a country that has
had no left to speak of in a long, long time. His charisma, like Kennedy's, contributes to his aura of success.