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Show vs. Substance

Edward327 Wrote: Oct 19, 2012 10:27 AM
I have enjoyed Mr. Greenberg's columns since I worked in Arkansas, when he coined the nick-name "Slick Willie" for the then sitting Governor. Mr. Greenberg is still a wonderful columnist.

It was Clausewitz, the military strategist, who famously defined war as politics by other means. Politics in turn could be defined as history determined by other means. For each present political choice tends to come with its own view of the past. It would be hard to find a better example of that tendency than Tuesday night's presidential debate, which was not only a clash of candidates but of pasts. Which explains the competing narratives on display as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney came out of their respective corners and started swinging, each presenting a different past. You pays your...