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January 26, 2005

Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Richard Stevenson Department)

Richard Stevenson writes:

The New York Times > Washington > White House Memo: Bush Finds a Backer in Moynihan, Who's Not Talking: To many Democrats, there is a gulf between Mr. Bush's approach and Mr. Moynihan's, one that is being obscured by the White House.

"He supported Social Security plus," said Bob Kerrey, the former Democratic senator from Nebraska, who worked closely with Mr. Moynihan on Social Security legislation. "He said it should be on top of Social Security, not a carve-out or something that would take away from the guaranteed benefit."

Mr. Kerrey said that if Mr. Moynihan were around, he would object to the way his views were being characterized.

"If somebody stood up and said, 'Pat Moynihan supports my proposal to carve out retirement accounts from Social Security,' he'd say: 'Like hell I do. I don't support that,' " Mr. Kerrey said.

What is this "to many Democrats" business? It's not just "many Democrats" who see a "gulf" between Bush's approach and Moynihan's, it's everybody who knew Moynihan--Democrats, Republicans, and independents.

Posted by DeLong at January 26, 2005 11:53 AM