Clinton Should Stick to His Beliefs

The author of the opinion-page article ``Sen. McGovern: How Clinton Can Fight Back,'' Jan. 3, misses the real dilemma facing President Clinton. After leaping to the left on issues ranging from gays in the military to a radical health-care proposal, our chief executive has succeeded in portraying himself as a chameleon with multiple principles.

Compared with President Truman, Mr. Clinton looks like a skipper too eager to change course. Even if he finally stuck to his beliefs, he would still have to convince a baffled country that this time he really means what he says. In the meantime, his political clock keeps ticking, while Newt Gingrich sits atop Capitol Hill. Arcangelo Travaglini, Philadelphia

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