Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bill Clinton is pissing me off

(Don't miss the Sesame Street posting below. How's that for back-to-back topics!)

Let me show you why. Here is his defense for calling the Obama movement a fairy tale. Fine, I don't really care about that at all. It's his argument regarding Obama's statements on 2004 regarding the war:

"We went through 15 debates," Clinton told Sharpton, "and the Obama campaign made the argument that his relative lack of service in the Senate was not relevant because he has better judgment than all the Democrats because he'd always been against the Iraq war in every year."

"I pointed out," Clinton continued, "that he had never been asked about his statements in 2004 that he didn't know how he would have voted on the war resolution, and there was, at that time, no difference between his position and President Bush's."

"Look," Clinton continued, "there could be a perfectly good explanation for it. Maybe, he just meant, that once it was done, everybody wanted it to work, including the UN. But the point is, it disproves the arguments that he was always against it, and everybody else was wrong and he was right. So I said, 'that's what those debates were for, and how many of you knew those two facts, in the audience?' And I said, 'So that story is a fairy tale.' Now that doesn't have anything to do with my respect for him as a candidate or as a political figure in this campaign. He has put together a great campaign. It's clearly not a fairy tale; it's real. And I have gone out of my way not express any personal disrespect for him or his campaign, even when they've been fairly critical of me and Hillary."

Now, I like Bill Clinton. I've defended him more than his actions have deserved, but he's far too smart to pull this shit. In 2004, Kerry and Edwards were the nominees in the general election. Obama, who had caused quite a stir with his speech at the convention, was asked about his feelings on their votes in favor of the war in Iraq. Obama, being a team player, pretty much said that he didn't know how he would have voted at the time because he wasn't in their position. Of course, he had been outspoken against the war since before it started, but his answer was his best way to not knock the party's hopes of winning the nomination. There is nothing wrong with that.

Bill Clinton knows this completely and understands it completely, but he thinks the American public is dumb enough to take this as flip-flopping. He's insulting all of our intelligence with this shit.

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