Bill Clinton has chosen the phrase “vital center” to characterize his second term. It’s half apt and half deceptive. True, the election was a contest between his “center” and the “right.” While a good many people voted for him out of fear for Social Security and Medicare, he was ill-inclined to remind them that these were “liberal” policies. Neither was he pressured to do so, since liberals and the left were not much to be seen.
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