January 21, 2008

President Clinton is Not Above Criticism

Matthew Yglesias:
This is pretty neat. According to Howard Wolfson, pointing out that Bill Clinton is lying is a "right-wing talking point" and thus all good liberals have a duty to grant Clinton a blanket license to fib. So when Clinton said he opposed the Iraq War, that must have been true, because I'm a liberal. And when Clinton said Barack Obama didn't oppose the Iraq War, that must have been true too, because I'm a liberal.

Look, obviously Bill's in an odd position because we've never had an ex-president's wife run for president before. But if he wants to be treated as an elder statesman figure for fellow progressives, he needs to act like one. If he wants to be Hillary Clinton's attack dog in a primary campaign, then he's going to be treated as one. Certainly he's not above criticism.
President Clinton could have stayed above the fray and continue is role as an elder statesman while support Senator Clinton campaign, but he choose not too. His all out attacks on Senator Obama show is true colors, it is not about the good of the Democratic Party is all about the continuing the supremacy of the Party of Clinton.


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