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Clinton

Re Social Security reform: The Clinton administration showed some interest in private accounts–if I recall correctly, it was early in the second term–or at least a willingness to compromise on the issue. Erskine Bowles was at the time rumored to be especially interested. The conventional wisdom from 1998 on was that the Lewinsky scandal forced Clinton to stay with the Left on the issue.

Re his not thinking of resigning: I believe that’s been reported before, and I don’t doubt it for a minute.

Re that Kurtz column: Lockhart’s analogy between the Right’s recent treatment of Clinton and the Left’s of Reagan is obviously faulty for a lot of reasons. One does wonder what we conservatives will say when Clinton dies–what can we say that is both charitable and true? There are positive things to say about his administration, but they don’t make for grand eulogies.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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