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“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

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Just because I run a campaign with a vague promise to feed the hungry doesn't mean that once I become elected my proposal to grind up the very destitute and feed them to others has a "mandate."

You can (as Bush did) make all sorts of vague promises on goals you want to accomplish. People may, in fact, support those goals. However, that doesn't mean people support the specific proposals and impacts of your plan to obtain those goals.

In other words:
Gene Sperling, who was President Bill Clinton's economic adviser, said: "All the president has shown is that you can vaguely talk about a free-lunch privatization proposal and not have that be decisively detrimental to your electoral outcome. There's a big difference between that and having a mandate to carve up Social Security by cutting guaranteed benefits and adding significant market risk."

Does that make sense?

Probably only to those in the real world.