Listen now, right here
(Mark Knopfler, “We Can Get Wild”)
Many of the same conditions apply today. Not all, to be sure, but then there are also additional factors pointing in the same direction which were not present in Roosevelt’s day.
This is where we can be a bit hopeful, I think, even though the thought of Clinton being the next president is the great emetic of 2007. She’ll be whatever public sentiment wants her to be, including possibly quite progressive if that’s what we demand. She is also likely to be responsive to the public will as indirectly expressed through Congress. Hillary won’t be triangulating against her own party in Congress, like Bill did, if Democrats win overwhelming majorities in 2008 and there is a public demand for action.
But, hey, you know, we need to save something to bitch about in 2012 anyhow, don’t we?