Breaking Up is Hard to Do succinctly dissects the fissures in the Democratic party and in the Grand Ole Party. The Clinton political machine is in full throttle. In fact, former Presdent Clinton is attempting to throttle anyone – Obama, journalists, anyone – who dares criticize his wife. I waxed nostalgic this week when I read of Mr. Clinton accused Senator Obama of “put[ting] a hit job on me.” Didn’t he say something similar to Chris Wallace on a Fox News Sunday broadcast? I believe he said, “So you did Fox’s bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me.” (click here if you want to read the transcript of that show).
I guess everyone wants to do “a hit job” on the Clintons; conservatives and liberals alike. Or maybe, just maybe, everyone is accurately calling in to question lame policies and/or proposals by the Clintons, and instead of answering the questions in a manner befitting a former President of the United States Mr. Clinton resorts to playground banter.
In her column Noonan quotes William Greider of the liberal magazine The Nation:
The Clintons are “high minded” on the surface but “smarmily duplicitous underneath, meanwhile jabbing hard at the groin area. They are a slippery pair and come as a package. The nation is at fair risk of getting them back in the White House for four years.”
That, again, is from one of the premier liberal journals in the United States. It is exactly what conservatives have been saying for a decade. This may mark a certain coming together of the thoughtful on both sides. The Clintons, uniters at last.
George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.