September 26, 2006


Clinton Doth Protest Too Much: The ex-president's tirade on Fox News reveals a politician insisting on a legacy he doesn't deserve (Andrew Klavan, September 26, 2006, LA Times)

THERE'S NO LIMIT to what a man can do," President Reagan used to say, " Â… if he doesn't care who gets the credit."

Former President Clinton's motto seems to be a little different: "There's no limit to how much credit a man can get, if he doesn't care what he's actually done."

Reagan came to office after the Jimmy Carter catastrophe. He pulled the American economy out of a graveyard spin, restored the country's military and its confidence and helped bring one of the most oppressive empires on Earth to the brink of collapse. But in those days, my children, there was no Internet, no Fox News, no Rush Limbaugh — the media was almost all Colmes and precious little Hannity — and if you got your news from the New York Times, say, or CBS, you would've thought the country was being run by a miserly, warmongering idiot instead of the greatest president of the century's second half.

And yet even after his two terms were over, when left-wing news sources sourly continued to portray his administration solely in terms of its faults, as nothing but a big deficit and the Iran-Contra scandal, I cannot remember Reagan ever "defending his legacy" with anything more than a quip and a smile.

Compare and contrast Clinton.

It isn't really fair to expect a Democrat to have a sense of humor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2006 1:23 PM

As Laura Ingraham put it yesterday (and maybe years ago, for all I know) - Clinton is mad because he didn't get to stand on the rubble with a bullhorn. He didn't get his "moment".

But, who to blame but himself? He gave rambling, party-favor speeches; he sought adulation but couldn't do anything to merit it; and his last days in office were marked by a negotiated settlement and a bunch of crooked pardons.

He dragged his party down, he besmirched the office, and he hurt his 'anointed' successor.

He may be seeking the approval of the nutroots with his blathering on FOX, but one look at the editorial cartoon in today's edition of USA Today tells it all.

Posted by: ratbert at September 26, 2006 2:19 PM

My thoughts precisely, OJ. When Clinton started wagging his finger, all I could hear was:

"I did not have sexual relations with that terrorist, Mr. Bin Laden."

Posted by: JonSK at September 26, 2006 2:23 PM

Or to be gracious.

Posted by: TGN at September 26, 2006 2:42 PM

ratbert, gotta link to the cartoon?

Posted by: erp at September 26, 2006 4:51 PM


Go to USA Today's website and click on "opinion" it's there in the upper left hand corner.

Posted by: jeff at September 26, 2006 5:31 PM

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that finger wagging. We all knew this man had no shame: it is now manifest that his effrontery extends a lack of appreciation of his own incredibility.

BJ signalled "liar" as blatently as I have ever seen, not just with the Monica finger-wag, but with every inflection and expression. One could show Clinton videotapes to a law school trial practice course as an example of how a lying witness loooks and acts.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 26, 2006 7:55 PM