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    fox heaven

    I'm reading a book and wondering what the term "fox heaven" means from this quote below?

    "When Clinton published proposals to reform health care in the early 1990s, the resulting bill, orchestrated by his wife Hillary, was fox heaven."


    I'm adding more details for the quote, and the "fox heaven" is from the last sentence:

    "Clinton, on the face of it, could not be more different from Reagan – a different party, a different generation, a different ideology. He was, in Isaiah Berlin’s terms, a fox. He knew many things. A Rhodes scholar, he loved Oxford, travelling, debate, finding out new things. He visited the Soviet Union while a student in Britain. From personal experience I can say he was as happy discussing the music of Kid Creole and the Coconuts as he was allied strategy in North Africa in 194 2, the rise of China or the possible ways in which welfare could be reformed. Journalists called him a ‘policy wonk’. While Ronald Reagan apparently liked to be briefed using six by four-inch note-cards, Clinton loved briefs full of details. When Clinton published proposals to reform health care in the early 1990s, the resulting bill, orchestrated by his wife Hillary, was fox heaven."

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    Re: fox heaven

    not a teacher

    The term "fox heaven" refers to the "fox" type of personality as described by the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, which is mentioned earlier in your quote. If you go to this Wikipedia link, under "Summary" there is an explanation of the term:
    The Hedgehog and the Fox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So, here, the health care bill was the sort of lengthy, highly detailed document that the writer feels was typical of a "fox" personality such as Clinton. The suggestion is that Clinton would have greatly enjoyed being involved in putting the bill together – it was "fox heaven".

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