Thursday 27 July 2017

Comparing leaders is old hat, but if the cap fits. . .

Former US President Jimmy Carter dons his cap with the Obama logo
Former US President Jimmy Carter dons his cap with the Obama logo
Obama sports a cap given to him by FBI chief, Robert Mueller

Rupert Cornwell

A LIVING ghost stalks American politics. At the age of 86, Jimmy Carter is more prolific than ever. His just-published 'White House Diary' covers bookstore shelves, among its main selling points the claim that Ted Kennedy -- yes, the same Ted of universal coverage, who died last summer -- deliberately blocked Carter's health reform plan in 1978.

Carter's single-term presidency may have perished three decades ago, a brief and unfondly remembered Democratic parenthesis in a Republican era. But its unhappy shade haunts the campaign for November's mid-term elections in the US.

Barely a month before the vote, which could produce an outpouring of voter frustration and anger unmatched in a generation, the Carter administration has become the parallel of choice for the increasingly troubled rule of Barack Obama.

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