The Choice: How Bill Clinton Won by Bob Woodward

By Bob Woodward

The alternative is Bob Woodward's vintage tale of the hunt for energy, targeting the 1996 presidential crusade as a case research of cash, public opinion polling, assault ads, handlers, experts, and determination making in the middle of electoral uncertainty. President invoice Clinton is tested in complete within the contest with Senate Majority chief Bob Dole, the Republican presidential nominee. The intimacy and aspect of Woodward's account of the applicants and their other halves convey the epic human fight during this race for the White House.

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24 As the 2012 election approached, it turned out that Obama’s political position was by no means as parlous as 2010’s results implied. It was not that his policies won him increased popularity, as happened with FDR after 1934 and Clinton after 1994. But his inequality theme struck a popular chord; Republican obstructionism continued to reap public disapproval; and the unattractive GOP presidential primary follies and less than compelling Romney candidacy added to Obama’s appeal. So did his effective balancing act of verbally stroking his liberalleft core constituency while compromising on policy issues.

The more germane issue is why Obama chose to pursue the legislative strategy that he did: the Stimulus, followed quickly by health-care and financial reform. In August 2010 John Podesta of the liberal Center for American Progress noted that Obama thought that his primary presidential responsibility in meeting the nation’s needs was to pass large-scale legislation. His obvious models were the New Deal and the Great Society. This appears to have led him to push for the Stimulus, and especially his health-care bill, before building popular support.

His administration has come under fire for circumventing Congress, applying environmental and labor policy by regulatory fiat; for deciding not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act or g ov e r na nce: t h e ob a m a a dmi n is t r at ion restrictions on illegal immigrants; for making new foreign policy without legislative approval; for delaying the implementation of several Obamacare mandates; and for failing to fulfill its promise of being the most open administration ever. 2 It is widely agreed that Obama’s governing style reflects his desire to be a transformative chief executive.

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