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A Party of One: Clinton and the Democrats

- Abstract

Later this summer, 20,000 members of the Democratic party will assemble in Chicago for their quadrennial political convention. Like all such gatherings, this will be a carefully stage-managed production. Party platforms will be proposed and promptly adopted without dispute. Solemn keynote addresses will be delivered by Democratic sages to a nationwide, prime-time audience. “Spontaneous” demonstrations, meticulously timed, will fill the aisles of Chicago’s United Center. No fewer than 15,000 members of the media will be in attendance to cover the event.

And at the end of the four days, barring the unforeseeable, the Democratic party will, for the second time, nominate William Jefferson Clinton to be its standard bearer in November. Should he win the election and serve out his term, Clinton would become only the sixth President in this century to hold office for eight successive years, joining the distinguished company of Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Reagan. At the moment, he has good grounds for thinking he may accede to that pantheon: he is now in the midst of a remarkable political comeback, one that seemed inconceivable a year ago.

About the Author

Daniel Casse is a senior director of the White House Writers Group, a Washington, D.C. communications firm.