That nostalgia for 1996 helps explain why so many Democrats are delighted at the president's full-throated attack on Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican budget. The attack came before an influential audience of newspaper editors and publishers on Tuesday. As Michael Hirsh writes, the effort to link likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney to Ryan and his controversial budget is, indeed, reminiscent of Clinton's successful campaign in 1996 to tie that year's nominee, Sen. Robert Dole, to the incendiary House Speaker of the day, Newt Gingrich.
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