Saturday, October 13, 2012
The big dog
I'll be the first to admit he wasn't my favorite. Once, at least, I didn't vote for him. He was, in my estimation, the quintessential pol, someone who, in the words of a good friend, could shake your hand and pee down your leg at the very same time.
I'll never forget that left pointer wagging either--"I did not have sex with that woman." He was the premiere equivocator, and deeply hated--as was his wife, btw--by the right. A bunch of the truly righteous even tried to impeach him, which I thought was vastly over-the-top.
But today, vitriolic Obama-hate makes Bill Clinton seem little more than naughty boy. The right even likes Hillary these days, if that can be believed, because today they've run into someone really worth despising, a communist who ironically carries barely closeted Islamic radical notions, a man who is simply not one of us.
My wife says she finds it ironic that the two most celebrated Democrats these days, a President and an ex-President, in actuality grew up without fathers; while two of the most well-known Republicans, an ex-President and the man now running, grew up with fathers literally everyone knew, a President and a Presidential candidate.
Last night, just as he did at the Democratic convention, Bill Clinton made Barack Obama's case far more powerfully than Obama himself has. He came (late) to a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, and proceeded to spell out his case for Christy Vilsack, who's running against Steve King, a man who has made a name for himself, not by authoring important bills but by shoring up his hefty base with wacky rhetoric.
The case Clinton made was very simple. This country doesn't need to go right or left in the future--it needs to go forward. Ideologues of either side won't serve anyone but their own peculiar ideas. He said we need men and women who will work together.
Ye olde philanderer sounded no more like a bogeyman than his old friend George H.W. Bush.
And when it was over, I even shook his hand.
Posted by J. C. Schaap at 5:57 AM