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Re Re: Bill or No Bill

Andy, I never said SALT 2 caused the defeat of Jimmy Carter. It didn’t. What it did was demonstrate that Carter and the Democrats could not work their will in Washington — that he was impotent and that his party was in chaos. The situation is different now, of course, because Bush is in the middle of his second term. SALT 2 was defeated, and thank God, and the Democrats who helped defeat it deserve to be remembered as great patriots (Scoop Jackson Scoop Jackson Scoop Jackson). You are free to celebrate, as I said, the defeat of an immigration bill you don’t like and hail those who defeat it as I just hailed Scoop Jackson. That said, it will be a major blow for the GOP. Would Clinton and the Democrats have been better off in the short term if health care had passed? You bet your life he and they would have been — in 1994. 

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