?............Like Netanyahu, Clinton has enough sense to realize that the pendulum is no longer swinging his way. And, like Netanyahu again, he is determined not to fold.
Netanyahu won’t fold because his coalition partners won’t let him and because God is on his side – or is it the other way round?
Clinton won’t fold because his wife won’t let him, and maybe also because he thinks it wise, at this point, to do some spin doctoring for himself. Ex-presidents worry about their legacies. Rarely has any of them had more cause for concern.
And so it was that at Georgetown University last week, the forty-second President of the United States delivered a speech defending, of all things, his record on inequality.
That man didn’t earn the name “Slick Willy” for nothing.
The president who is most associated with the neoliberal turn – and therefore with rising inequality — is, of course, Ronald Reagan. But, for the most part, Reagan only set the agenda; he never got far implementing it.
His Democratic successors were more effective Reaganites than he.
Before he too started mouthing off about inequality, Barack Obama was on course to become the greatest Reaganite president of all. He may still succeed if he gets the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement he wants.