Jefferson-Jackson Day

The Vital Centrist

Journals: 1952-2000 By Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger (Penguin Press, 894 pp., $40) I. FEW HISTORIANS write personal journals that deserve publication, which is not surprising. How much interest can there be in the academic controversies and petty jealousies that dominate the lives of working historians, much less in the archives, the private libraries, and the lecture halls where they spend so much of their time?

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Stuffing Hillary

I’ve always found Obama to be a maddening candidate. Time after time, he has raced ahead of Hillary--and then failed to put her away. First, he ran up impressive fundraising numbers, and then neglected to catapult ahead of Clinton. Then, he gave an excellent Jefferson-Jackson Day speech, but hesitated and didn’t deliver a devastating blow. These failures raised questions about his ultimate electability in my mind. He always produced an excellent first act, but never followed that with a compelling second act. Did his high-minded rhetoric handcuff him? Could he get nasty when it counted?

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