Let's Argue About JFK Some More

It's interesting to see Hillary Clinton evidently attempting to make the sort of criticism of JFK that I blogged on Saturday. It's a natural argument for her to make; that Barack Obama is, just as his fans say, like JFK and that's a bad thing. But based on my experience of trying to argue that being "like Kennedy" isn't necessarily what you want in a president, this is unlikely to persuade tons of people.

[I don't really think the analogy holds up though in either direction -- the legislative circumstances surrounding the Civil Rights Act were really quite unlike anything you'd ever see today. What's more, she really does seem to me to be slighting the crucial role of social movements in setting the conditions for things to happen.]