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What’s That Now?

John Judis writes how Obama needs to learn from Reagan. It’s worth reading, but please put on your crash helmet because there’s a brick wall of a paragraph on page two that will stop you short (emphasis mine):

Reagan and the Republicans ran against Carter and the Democrats in the same way as Roosevelt ran against Hoover. Baker and Atwater had studied Roosevelt’s and the Democrats’ 1934 campaign. (They even swiped “stay the course” from FDR.) But Obama and his advisors have been reluctant to stigmatize George W. Bush and the Republicans–perhaps out of a spirit of bipartisanship. That’s a mistake, as Obama seems finally to have realized.

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