Jimmy’s Diary

Did Obama Learn the Wrong Lessons from Carter?

Democrats on the national stage are routinely compared to Jimmy Carter, a juxtaposition that’s long been shorthand for “Here comes another sweater-wearing weakling doomed to fail, ha!” Unlike a lot of Americans, however, I’m satisfied with the job Barack Obama has done so far, particularly under such difficult circumstances. So I didn’t really want to hear the inevitable Obama-Carter comparisons—until, that is, I picked up Carter’s most recent book,...

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Melinda Henneberger, a Commonweal columnist, is the former editor-in-chief of PoliticsDaily.com.