Sunday, November 18, 2007

Um, Matt

The point of the Adlai Stevenson-Obama comparison is more in the style of both politicians (the way they spoke and campaigned) then whether election '08 has anything in common with circa 1960. In any case, to say that the experience of the Kennedy administration (sans the myth) somehow makes Democrats weary of Hillary Clinton is absurd. While Kennedy was preoccupied by the 'weak on defense' critics, he managed in both the Cuban Missile Crisis and to a certain extent in Vietnam to thread the needle between those who wanted to "bomb, bomb, bomb" and the peaceniks. No less than Robert McNamara has made clear his view that had Kennedy not been assassinated we wouldn't have had the dramatic escalation in Vietnam.

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