Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bill Clinton broke with past presidential precedent today, and attacked George W Bush over the Iraq war and Katrina. This is shameful behavior, and I've lost some respect for the man, who I thought to this point had conducted his post-Presidency with a lot of class. This is especially disappointing with his wife set to appear on the '08 ballot.

Sigh. The "attack-dog" mentality continues to infect more and more of the left. They've even convinced themselves the problem is they're not attacking enough. Sad.

Note to Kos & Atrios & the attack Dems: When are you people going to give the Democratic Party back to the rest of America? Remember us, the sane people in the middle that decide elections? Sheesh. It's like they not only don't want my vote, they're actually spitting on it in disgust. "Bah! We don't need you filthy stinking moderates! We've got Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore and a hatred for conservatives that burns hotter than the sun!"

(h/t Powerline)


Blogger Samurai Sam said...

Only in a Republican-controlled America is using truthful constructive criticism considered an attack. Clinton didn't attack Bush, Clinton disagreed with Bush's handling of the country.
If Bush is too weak to handle a little criticism, maybe he should consider a different line of work. There are plenty of industries in which he has yet to run a business into bankrupcty; he could start tomorrow.

11:37 AM  
Blogger TallDave said...

Clinton attacked his policies. "Disagreeing" is the same thing.

Bush isn't weak, Clinton is just classless for doing it.

Thanks for stopping by.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

You wrote, "This is especially disappointing with his wife set to appear on the '08 ballot." I'd argue that's precisely the reason he's doing it. I think she's setting up to run as a "make the trains run on time again" moderate, and he's trying to help position her in the public eye.

He's a brilliant man (for all of his failings), and he knows what he's saying isn't true...but it meets the political test of being it gets said.

1:09 PM  
Blogger TerriG said...

Bob, you said he's a brilliant man... and he knows what he's saying isn't true...

What is that? Most brilliant people don't go around saying what they know is untrue (unless of course cornered with questions involving cigars and interns -- pointing to one of his failings).

One of Bush's failings is that he surrounds himself with people who won't disagree with him, oh sorry... attack him.

Until you deal powerfully with what the reality of the situation is, you can't deal powerfully at all, which I think is exactly what Clinton was pointing to.

And sorry your sensibilities were hurt TallDave, but someone with the clout to pierce Bush's bubble had to say these things.

But don't worry, Bush probably never even heard it.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jack Roy said...

Yippee, it's the new barely-plausible right-wing echo chamber talking point! Bill Clinton, rabid partisan.

Except that if you read the actual text rather than the [cough] Powerline summary of it, reality doesn't match the spin.

Oh, and who wants to bet that this characterization of Clinton:

who I thought to this point had conducted his post-Presidency with a lot of class....

--cannot, in fact, be verified? Who wants to bet that TallDave has never actually said a nice thing about Clinton?

8:17 AM  

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