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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Jeff Gerth
Republicans are running around busily supporting one candidate or another, acting like their guy's got the winning formula for 2008. But, if you probed their inner thoughts, you'd find yards of doubt about the particular candidate they are hinging their hopes on.
An accurate image of a political leader usually emerges only after retirement. The cheers have fallen off, and so too the groans and the spitballs. Certainly this has been the case with Ronald Reagan. Two decades after his last farewell he is no longer portrayed as that "amiable dunce" napping in the White House and dreaming of the perfect mushroom cloud rising over Moscow's "evil empire." So, those of us who in the 1990s perceived the Clintons as corrupt, self-seeking and amusingly absurd, should not be surprised that it has taken mainstream journalists a decade to come to the same conclusion.