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Because of the pandemic and its economic damage, Biden has abandoned the governing doctrine of the last three Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and, yes, even Barack Obama.

All three were scarred by the Democratic Party’s “tax-and-spend” reputation from the 1960s. They strove mightily to show they were fiscally responsible and concerned about deficit spending. They made a show of reaching out to Republicans in (usually futile) hopes of finding common ground and governing in a bipartisan spirit.

Biden, the blue-collar kid from Scranton, Pennsylvania, has followed a more blue-collar strategy. More than any other Democratic president — more even than Franklin Delano…

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