The Election: Impending Realignment?

The Election: Impending Realignment?

Bill Clinton had planned some remarks for the evening of Neil Kinnock’s anticipated victory in the British elections this spring—doubtless something about the global rejection of Thatcherism and Reaganism. He never delivered that speech, of course, but his private, unplanned remarks, as reported by Martin Walker, Washington bureau chief for the Guardian, were revealing enough. According to Walker, what Clinton said was, “I guess the Brighton program [Kinnock’s attempt to recenter Labour] didn’t go as far as Bad Godesberg [the German Social Democrats’ very successful 1959 effort to redefine themselves].”

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