January 26, 2008
DESTROYING CLINTONISM TO SAVE MRS. CLINTON:
Bill Clinton gave Reagan far more credit than Obama has (E.J. DIONNE, 1/26/08, The Washington Post)
It was a remarkable moment: A young, free-thinking presidential hopeful named Bill Clinton sat down with reporters and editors at The Washington Post in October 1991 and started saying things most Democrats wouldn't allow to pass their lips.
Ronald Reagan, Clinton said, deserved credit for winning the Cold War. He praised Reagan's "rhetoric in defense of freedom" and his role in "advancing the idea that communism could be rolled back." [...]
His apostasy was widely noticed. The Memphis Commercial Appeal praised Clinton two days later for daring to "set himself apart from the pack of contenders for the Democratic nomination by saying something nice about Ronald Reagan."
Clinton's "readiness to defy his party's prevailing Reaganphobia and admit it," the paper wrote, "is one reason he's a candidate to watch."
Having been unable to convince his wife to run on the Third Way, Mr. Clinton at least recognizes that if Senator Obama is allowed to he will win the race. Thus, he is forced to demonize his own legacy to the Democratic Party, one which their leadership has, sadly, rejected anyway. Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2008 9:26 AM