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Analyzing Bill Clinton

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 11:40 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Is Bill Clinton angry or desperate? You make the call with some help from ABC’s Jake Tapper and Sarah Amos:

“ABC News’ Sarah Amos reports that former President Bill Clinton — despite myriad promises he would stop assailing his wife’s opponent given how it has backfired on her — upped his harsh attacks today in Tyler, Texas.

“There are two competing moods in America today,” Clinton said. “People who want something fresh and new — and they find it inspiring that we might elect a president who literally was not part of any of the good things that happened or any of the bad things that were stopped before. The explicit argument of the campaign against Hillary is that ‘No one who was involved in the 1990s or this decade can possibly be an effective president because they had fights. We’re not going to have any of those anymore.’ Well, if you believe that, I got some land I wanna sell you.”

ABC News’ Sarah Amos is traveling with the former president and transcribed his comments.

For the record, in the 1990s, Obama was a civil rights attorney, community organizer, and was in the Illinois state senate.

Presumably, by “any of the good things that happened” in the 1990s, Clinton is referring to the things he did as president (except for the ones his wife now distances herself from, such as NAFTA).

Sometimes, it sure feels like the former president’s defense of his legacy gets in the way of his campaigning for his wife.”

OutsideTheBeltway notes this effective response from the Obama campaign:

“Obama campaign spox Bill Burton tells ABC News in response, “It appears that the man who once told us ‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow’ has changed his tune and is now singing ‘Yesterday’ everywhere he goes.”

I vote for desperate.

H/T Instapundit.


8 Responses to “Analyzing Bill Clinton”

  1. Oh look bubba is lying again

    krazy kagu (79fc72)

  2. My analysis: He’s a lying narcissistic piece of filth. I’ll go to my grave not understanding why he is seemingly worshiped by a large segment of our population.

    Old Coot (1fcc3a)

  3. Desperate…and embarrassingly so.

    Dana (8d6dc2)

  4. Despite his continuing odiousness, Clinton does have a point: It’s more than somewhat annoying to constantly hear Obama claim — without any real challenge from the media — that he will somehow unite all Americans. Where exactly have we seen him reach out to Republicans or conservatives? Jonathan Last pretty much makes that point in the Weekly Standard.

    I seem to recall another fresh new candidate who claimed to be “a uniter, not a divider.” How did that work out?

    JVW (b03dfa)

  5. Bill is incapable of promoting anyone but himself. Let’s just leave it at that.

    It really is sad that he is unable to sublimate himself even to the extent of cheerleading the woman who, despite her earlier protestations to the contrary, stood by him when he profoundly embarrassed her and their daughter.

    Shakespeare would have had a field day dramatizing this man of such great abilities and great weaknesses.

    vnjagvet (d3d48a)

  6. Bill Clinton is a jerk. Democrat or Republican, I want my ex-Presidents to remain “Presidential” for the rest of their lives because what they do continues to reflect on the country as a whole. Bill Clinton has not been “Presidential” in his “defense” (as he called it) of his wife, but that should be no surprise since he wasn’t “Presidential” while he was President.

    He did the right one big favor, IMO, when he did not resign over the Lewinsky scandal. If he’d done that, Gore would have been President for a year and a half before the 2000 election and he would have been running as the incumbent President. The Clintons would have been “old news” to some extent. The election in 2000 might well have gone the other way seeing how close it was.

    JayHub (0a6237)

  7. Bill in reality is the torpedo to his wife ever being able to equal him.

    Good or bad, billy will sink her ship.

    Not that she can explain away the trail of blood they seem to have around them. Teddy is still in office right? Murdered a young girl on his way?

    Tea Party anyone?

    TC (1cf350)

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