It’s very satisfying to watch as more and more liberals come out of their Clintons-are-gods stupor and see what the Republicans saw so clearly in the 90’s. More Dems are expressing their sudden dismay at the Clintons’ unscrupulousness. Ed Schultz was on MSNBC and didn’t sugarcoat anything. He came right out and said Bill Clinton is lying about Obama:
The Washington Post included quotes from former Clinton supporters who loved the Clintons’ nastiness when it was directed at Republicans in the 1990’s but now aren’t so pleased with it now that it is directed at their guy:
Responding to the negative ad, Dick Harpootlian, a former chairman of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, accused the Clintons of using the “politics of deception,” and he compared the former president to the late Lee Atwater, a Republican operative from South Carolina who was known for his tough tactics.
In Washington, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), who endorsed Obama last week, castigated the former president for what he called his “glib cheap shots” at Obama, saying both sides should settle down but placing the blame predominantly on Clinton.
“That’s beneath the dignity of a former president,” Leahy told reporters, adding: “He is not helping anyone, and certainly not helping the Democratic Party.”
For some rank-and-file Democrats, the tack against Obama is prompting a reevaluation of Clinton and her husband. Bill Clinton gained enormous popularity among Democrats in the 1990s partly because of his ability to achieve tactical triumphs over Republicans. Now, watching the use of rough-edged tactics against a fellow Democrat, some of those who supported him then are having second thoughts.
“They’re obvious distortions,” said Ralph Byrd, a retired electrical engineer in Greenville, S.C., who voted for Clinton in 1992 and 1996. “We’ve had enough spin in the White House the last eight years, and we don’t need any more. It’s deliberate distortion that we don’t need.”
Don’t you just love how he tries to argue that the “spin” began with the current White House? Wake up, buddy. The Clintons are, and always have been, the masters of this kind of crap.