September 05, 2012
Fairy Tales of the GOP

From the Washington Post:

Republicans have in recent months sought to drive a wedge between Clinton and Obama, casting Clinton as a leader who pursued bipartisan compromise and Obama as a president who has taken his party farther to the left. Clinton is expected to reject the Republicans’ claim about Obama’s welfare policy in his speech tonight as he places Obama’s name in nomination.

So now let’s return to those thrilling days of yesteryear, courtesy of Jay Bookman:

I find it endlessly amusing to watch Republicans all but swoon these days when they hear the names of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as if to say “now THOSE are Democrats we could work with… if only we had reasonable Democratic leaders like THAT…”

The president was reviled and attacked bitterly, for failures both real but mainly imagined, and was granted not a scintilla of respect for the office that he held. In fact, the extremist hatred of all things Clinton became downright surreal, to the point that the president and his wife were investigated by the House Government Oversight Committee for involvement in the “murder” of aide Vince Foster. The committee chairman even took a pistol to a watermelon in his backyard to demonstrate how the vile deed was done.

Republican congressional leaders shut down the government repeatedly in their effort to bring Clinton down, and he was publicly accused of everything from rape — yes, “legitimate rape” — to running a major cocaine ring. Hillary Clinton in particular was turned into an object of misogynistic hate and ridicule, under attack for everything from her cookie-baking skills to her gender preference. Republicans at the time could not bring themselves to even utter her first name without spitting it out as a venom-inflected invective.

In other words, the Republicans tried to do to the Clintons precisely what they have since tried so gleefully to do to Barack Obama.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 05, 2012 01:39 PM
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In never-never RNC/PAC-land, memories are to be forgotten; facts, unchecked; history, erased. Enjoy your stay.

Posted by: Paul_JuSEF on September 5, 2012 6:08 PM

The NSDAP (Nazi) party took over the German government in the 1930s.

The parliamentary battle of the NSDAP had the single purpose of destroying the parliamentary system from within through its own methods. It was necessary above all to make formal use of the possibilities of the party-state system but to refuse real cooperation and thereby to render the parliamentary system, which is by nature dependent upon the responsible cooperation of the opposition, incapable of action.

Ernst Rudolf Huber (witness) From the Chief Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality Volume I, Chapter VII 1946

http://thegallopingbeaver.blogspot.com/2010/06/bairds-of-this-world-get-away-with.html

Makes things a little clearer, doesn't it?

Posted by: evil is evil on September 6, 2012 6:58 AM

@ evil is evil

The German constitution after WWII, an improved (not perfect) version of the federal US-system, was forged to fight exactly the problem you mention.

Posted by: Peter on September 7, 2012 11:47 AM
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