Skip to comments.Get the Clintons Off the Stage
Posted on 05/15/2003 8:15:09 AM PDT by shortstop
The Clintons are back.
Sidney Blumenthal-much hated former Clinton aide, ethically challenged former journalist-$850,000 advance in hand, has a new book out on May 20, attacking everyone who ever attacked him or the Clintons, rehearsing once again the old right wing conspiracy, every attack on them, answered. The right wing conspiracy revived, answered, again.
Hillary's book is next.
Could somebody please tell these people to shut up? The Clintons suck up every bit of the available air. Nothing is left for anyone else. They are big, too big. That's the problem.
The 2004 candidates need a chance to get some attention, to rise to Clinton's level, which they never will do as long as the likes of Sidney Blumenthal are playing into the hands of conservatives in insisting on debating the scandals of the 1990's. The Republicans shouldn't have impeached him for it, but he shouldn't have given them the ammunition. And we shouldn't still be discussing it.
Why are we? Or more accurately, why are they?
Not because it serves the interests of the Democrats of the future.
It doesn't help Howard Dean, or John Kerry, or Dick Gephardt. It gets Sidney on TV shows. If the issue is ethics, no one has less than Sidney Blumenthal. He used to call me during the Dukakis campaign, which I was running and he was supposed to be covering, to offer covert advice, which if I accepted might result in better coverage. Much later, when I criticized him, he tried to get me into trouble with my editors. All the while, I was defending his boss. That's Sidney. He's Hillary's best friend. No wonder the Republicans are delighted to see him return to the spotlight.
It raises money for their causes.
The Bill and Bob (Dole) show has proven to be a collossal bore. The ratings have fallen. Is anyone getting the message? I fear not.
Let's not mince words.
Hillary Clinton is never going to be president of the United States. There is no more divisive figure in the Democratic Party, much less the country, than the former first lady. And I like her. But many women don't. Even Democratic women. Even working women. Not to mention nonworking, independent, non political women. She can be a great senator. She's smart, hard-working and effective. She is much respected among her peers.
But the more people who talk about her as a future president, the less attention the current candidates, who might win, receive.
Revisiting the scandals of the past does no service to the Democrats of the future.
Bill Clinton is a brilliant man. But the more attention he gets, the more the Democrats of the future suffer. He would be the first to say this, if it weren't about him.
Enough with the Clintons. Please. Not for the sake of the Republicans. But for the Democrats.
Nah, every sentence is damage control.
She is spot on about this, but I think the democrats are hypnotized by the Clintons and cannot escape their hold.
Instead of using cattle futures, as a conduit for her payoffs, she now uses books.
Hmmmm. The term Mentally Disordered Sex Offender comes to mine. I wonder who I could be thinking about.
Naw, do it for the Republicans too. We're also sick and tired of him and her.
What she's saying, really, is "don't pay attention to Hillary, even when she declares she's running 'for the good of the party'. She wouldn't win, so don't waste your ammo on keeping her out of that office. Just watch the present candidates fight it out. Hillary is no threat."
This is the sentence that always kills me, and every librul repeats it ad infinitum. A brilliant man would know what the word "is" means. A brilliant man would think, "Maybe it's not such a good idea for me, a married man and President of the United States, to play hide the salami with a mentally-challenged 19-year old intern usually responsible for delivering high-level pizza." A brilliant man would think, "I'd better not let the cameras catch me smiling and laughing here at Sen. Wellstone's funeral."
I ask you, what is so brilliant about this man?
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