May 18, 2005


Bill Clinton: Iraq Changes Good for Region (JAN M. OLSEN, 5/18/05, Associated Press)

Former President Clinton said Wednesday the political changes in Iraq, including parliamentary elections in January, will help bring stability to the region.

Clinton met with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and a number of Danish lawmakers during his visit. The former president spoke with reporters before flying to Jordan for a poverty conference.

"The Sunnis and the Shiites, the Kurds and all the various tribes can work out accommodations that will allow them to build a stable society, I think that will be good for Iraq and good for the Middle East," Clinton said at the end of a two-day visit to Denmark.

The Clintons are well on their way to being hated by Democrats as much as Tony Blair is hated by Labour.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2005 2:12 PM

The idea is even if they sacrfice some of the hard-core left supporters in the Blue States with these remarks -- when the Democrats can afford to lose a few votes -- those statements can gain some swing voters in the Red States that the missus has to get to win election. And the bulk of the party will still give Hillary the benefit of the doubt (Deaniacs' grumbling nonwithstanding) as long as she doesn't start voting with the GOP on the key domestic issues.

Posted by: John at May 18, 2005 2:48 PM

I agree with John, Hillary needs to "show me the votes" (consequential votes) like for instance this little issue about filibusters. Then we can talk.

Bill Clinton is a LIAR about any and everything and I would have thought our great leader would have figured it out by now. He lies even when he doesn't need to, just to keep in practice.

Posted by: h-man at May 18, 2005 4:20 PM

I don't go to the Democratic nutzoid sites to find out the reaction of their posters to the proclivities of the Clintons, but they must feel very bummed.

Posted by: AllenS at May 18, 2005 4:34 PM

Bill (and HRC) know they don't want to be on the same side of history as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, and Howard Dean. It just doesn't do to be remembered as Henry Wallace, Jimmy Carter, or any of the current vapid left.

Better to stay above it all. They don't have to become pseudo-Republicans, but they aren't going to go into the fever swamps, either (they've been there enough to know it will get them in serious trouble, like the remark about the VRWC).

It may be just an act, but who cares? Let the Dems rage. Hillary isn't done trying to kick them in shape, anyway - just wait until she votes to confirm Owens and Brown.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 18, 2005 4:40 PM