Tom Ferguson and the Myth of the Median Voter

Tom Lehman uswa12 at
Thu Sep 24 07:48:37 PDT 1998

Dear Brad,

I too think highly of Professor Ferguson's work. I own his book which I have read with the critical interest of a practitioner of union democratic politics. I also enjoyed watching Ferguson discuss his book on C-Span and noted that his personal observations of his work differed somewhat from what he had wrote. A true politician.

I have been told that Ferguson is somewhat of a difficult character, does he challenge people to arm wrestling contests?

Sincerely, Tom Lehman

Brad De Long wrote:

> Tom is very smart and very good...
> But there are a lot of issues about which the median investor does not
> care--or does not care much. Bob Rubin's Wall Street friends would (most of
> them) not be displeased with a president who led a serious (but not too
> expensive) war on poverty, as long as he was "solid" on core economic
> issues.
> Clinton's abandonment of AFDC for TANF was not dictated by the
> Hollywood-Wall Street-High Tech crowd who provide much of the Democratic
> Party's non-union funding, but was--in Moynihan's phrase--pure boob bait...
> Brad Delong

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