The LA Times Jonathan Chait is getting tired of the Clintons’ scorched earth tactics. In fact, he thinks it’s time for them to exit stage left:

Something strange happened the other day. All these different people, friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I read, kept saying the same thing: They’ve suddenly developed a disdain for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but I think we’ve reached an irrevocable turning point in liberal opinion of the Clintons.

The sentiment seems to be concentrated among Barack Obama supporters. Going into the campaign, most of us liked Hillary Clinton just fine, but the fact that tens of millions of Americans are seized with irrational loathing for her suggested that she might not be a good Democratic nominee. But now that loathing seems a lot less irrational. We’re not frothing Clinton haters like…well, name pretty much any conservative. We just really wish they’d go away.

The big turning point seems to be this week, when the Clintons slammed Obama for acknowledging that Ronald Reagan changed the country. Everyone knows Reagan changed the country. Bill and Hillary have said he changed the country. But they falsely claimed that Obama praised Reagan’s ideas, saying he was a better president than Clinton, something he didn’t say and surely does not believe.

It’s amazing that people on the left didn’t say anything about the Clintons when they directed their attacks at conservatives but now they’re frothing at the mouth now that they’re attacking a liberal. I won’t belabor the point that there is a double standard; that isn’t news.

My point is a much bigger point. The Jonathan Chaits of the world think that any charge against a conservative is accurate. That’s why they don’t challenge liberals when they disparage conservatives. Here’s proof of that predisposition:

Were the conservatives right about Bill Clinton all along? Maybe not right to set up a perjury trap so they could impeach him, but right about the Clintons’ essential nature? Fortunately, the Journal’s attempt to convince us that the Clintons have always been unscrupulous liars seemed to prove the opposite. Its examples of Clintonian lies were their claims that Bob Dole wanted to cut Medicare, that there was a vast right-wing conspiracy, that Paula Jones was “trailer trash” and that Kenneth Starr was a partisan.

Except Dole did vote to cut Medicare, there was a vast right-wing conspiracy and Starr was and is a rabid partisan. (“Trailer trash” is, of course, a matter of opinion, and it’s a cruel thing to say, but as far as whether it’s a lie, well, it’s not like they called William F. Buckley “trailer trash.”)

Jonathan Chait saying that Bob Dole voted to cut Medicare isn’t supported by the facts. He voted for a bill that would’ve reduced the rate of spending growth in Medicare, which isn’t the same thing. Further, there hasn’t been a vast right wing conspiracy to trash the Clintons because the Clintons’ sleazy nature was apparent to anyone not suffering from BDS. Carville calling Paula Jones trailer trash is one of the ugliest chapters in American political history. It’s also typical of Clintonista attacks.

Jonathan Chait doesn’t bother checking the veracity of charges the Clintons make against Republicans because he’s assumed that they’re true.

I don’t know when the tipping point will come but it will happen. There will come a time when conscientious Democrats won’t be able to look past the Clintons’ behavior. There will come a time when they’ll say enough.

The Clintons’ unscrupulous attacks on Obama might speed the coming of that day.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

2 Responses to “Exit Stage Left”

  • janet says:

    After the last couple of weeks, I, a democrat, can no longer abide the Clintons. I really do not want that man back in the white house. If it’s Hillary vs. McCain in november, I will be voting for McCain.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Janet, I appreciate you comment. Frankly, the Clintons aren’t nice people. They won’t hesitate a split second in criticizing their opponents.

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