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The more things change

January 7, 2008

Mitt Romney’s explaining how only someone from outside Washington can make change happen. Where have we heard that before?

This particular canard seems to be one of the most unchanging features of American politics. It works because of another consistent feature of American politics: the endless forgetfulness of the American voter.

Regardless, I assume everyone else notices that the arguments about “change” among the Democratic and Republican candidates have become completely indistinguishable.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.