April 7, 2016

THE REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY:

Thomas Frank calls Bill Clinton and Rahm the betrayers of the 'party of the people'  : In Listen Liberal, the author of What's the Matter With Kansas? takes a break from bashing the GOP to hold a mirror up to the flaws of the Democratic Party (Ryan Smith, 4/07/16, Chicago Reader)

"Bill Clinton was not the lesser of two evils, he was the greater of them," Frank said in a phone interview. "The magic of him being a Democrat was that he did things that Republicans could have never accomplished. Welfare reform, the crime bill, NAFTA--things that injured members of his coalition. Clinton got done what Reagan couldn't do and what Bush couldn't do."

In other words, Clinton's crimes aren't the ones that Gingrich once belabored (thankfully, Monica Lewinsky and Whitewater aren't even mentioned in Listen Liberal). Rather, they're the legacy of legislation that ultimately favored Wall Street above America's working class and poor. Frank isn't fooled by Clinton's folksy rhetoric--he concludes that the president famous for feeling our pain delivered a heaping dose of it to his own coalition.

And he didn't even have a whole WoT to betray them over.  The UR is the "greatest evil".

Posted by at April 7, 2016 6:28 PM

  

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