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This is Texas today. A state full of Sunbelt boosters, strident anti-unionists, oil and gas companies, nuclear weapons and power plants, political hucksters, underpaid workers and toxic wastes, to mention a few. BUT DO NOT DESPAIR! r am , THE TEXAS 1114111P server TO SUBSCRIBE: Name Address City State Zip $32 enclosed for a one-year subscription. Bill me for $32. 307 West 7th, Austin, TX 78701 Republicans rule. Declaring himself newly alert to the joys of bipartisanship, he can invite Gingrich and Dole to write the agenda. His cave-in on “voluntary” school prayer is a sign that this is indeed his instinct. From dissident Democrats, Clinton would and should then face a 1996 primary challenge, which any hopes for survive. A second course, the Truman strategy, would be to rally the Democratic survivors, dominated as never before in both houses by the liberals. When they recover, the remaining Democrats could prove a feisty group, mostly freed of awkward alliances and deserted by the political money which no longer has any use for them. A left program, as yet unwritten, could combine a wholesale attack on high interest rates with a social security payroll tax cut. But Clinton lacks credibility as a left reformer. To gain it, he would have to reinvent himself, sacking his senior cabinet and closest advisors. But then, who would he be, and who would join him in the bunker? As a third possibility, Clinton could adopt what some describe as “in-yourface moderation.” The geography of the election converted many previously bipartisan special interest lobbies, notably in agriculture and notoriously in tobacco, into Republican fiefs. In principle, this could free a Democratic President to propose a trade-off within the budget rules: say dependent care tax credits for an end to subsidies and tax breaks. Republicans, having championed tax relief but tied to the subsidy system, would face acute discomfort, particularly if Clinton demanded and then used the line-item veto on Republican pork. Of the ideas floating around the Washington ruins these days, this one has the most panache. But the remaining center-right Democrats would suffer and the President probably lacks the nerve. A mid-term election is not the last word. After Truman in 1946, both Richard Nixon in 1970 and Ronald Reagan in 1982 reinvented themselves in the teeth of a hostile Congress. But then again, Clinton is neither Truman, Nixon nor Reagan. Right now, he looks like a beaten man. And if we can’t have President Gingrich now, perhaps the next best thing, the closest we can get to the parliamentary outcome and the best hope for the Democrats, would be a resignation and President Gore. CLASSIFIEDS ORGANIZATIONS WORK for single-payer National Health Care. 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