I’m a student of Bill Clinton fans. What is it about the guy that makes him popular?
I first met him about 1980 when he came here as Governor of Arkansas and spoke at a banquet. I sat at the head table with him and others. I visted with him a while in Houston at a meeting and again at the White House a time or two.
Today, he was in Grand Forks at the State Party Convention and I attended a smaller functions where he spoke, though it was not really small. I watched and listened to see if I could discover what it was that made him so attractive to so many. We have to remember, of course, his sex scandal and some other not so attractive times in his public life.
I can’t say I really yet understand, but there are things one can consider. For one thing, he style is the opposite of pompousness. I heard many speeches this weekend, his was the most easiest to listen to.
It seems like he has some instinctive sense of what in economics is called diminishing returns. This applies to thousands of things in governing. Many liberal people do not see when government has gone so far into some issue it can’t accomplish more. Many conservative people do not see taking privatization too far does not accomplish more.
There are no rules for these–some just see them about right and others do not.