Carol Platt Liebau: Clintonism Again

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Clintonism Again

It's not just Hillary's own chilly personality that's causing problems for her presidential campaign. It's the return of Clintonism generally -- and people are remembering what a lot of it was about.

First, Bill Clinton's tongue gets ahead of him again, as he makes a statement rebutted by President Bush 41 that the two of them will become global diplomats devoted to apologizing for President Bush 43 in a Hillary administration (did he really think President Bush 41 would stand for that kind of implicit denunciation of his son?).

Then, it turns out that contrary to previous statements, the Clinton Library is, indeed, withholding documents from public scrutiny.

All of a sudden, people begin remembering the half truths, the fabrications and the general dishonesty that was an endemic part of the Clinton years, and that isn't helping Hillary.

It's easy to speculate that perhaps Bill Clinton -- consciously or subconsciously -- is sabotaging his wife's campaign. But I'm not sure that's really true. It's just that he's dishonest and he really can't help himself. If it were an effort to wreck the campaign, he's a smart man, and he could do something cleverer than his little gambit with the Bushes discussed above (or lying about something easily verifiable, like his recent statement that he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.

Hillary better watch her friends as well as her enemies, in general. If Dick Holbrooke is being truthful in his assertion that Hillary thought her vote for the Iraq war was actually a vote to avoid war, she's either too naive or, frankly, too dumb to be president. The words and the intent of the resolution were clear, and cooking up some convoluted explanation for it is just one more example of Clintonism run amok.


Blogger LarryD said...

"I thought I was voting against it when I voted for it"

Who does she think is stupid enough to buy that story?

12:18 PM  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Bill Clinton is a pathological liar, a man who lies instinctively. It simply never occurs to him to tell the truth. People are indeed remembering this, and it does not bring happy thoughts to mind.

Also, all this "experience" that Hillary claims to have had is really just experience trying to stay out of trouble. She went from disaster to disaster in Bill's administration, and people are remembering that as well. It was an "experience" for all of us, one we really don't want to repeat!

6:42 PM  

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