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DeLong Smackdown Watch: Health of the American Political System

Hoisted from Comments: MaryCh writes:

[H]ow does Dr. DeLong's second quarrel with Johnson & Broder's book - that the failure of health-care reform in 1994 was a policy debate only, and not a "metaphor" for the failure of the American political "System" - hold up?

In my end of the fevered swamp the answer would be something like 'not well,' or more verbosely, that it was the birth of a new model of political obstructionism in modern politics, or at least a big enough extension of politics as usual to qualify it as a change in type rather than merely a growth in scale.