guest post by Taylor Marsh
Talk about turning the other cheek. Wow, I’m impressed.
Former President Bill Clinton is going to campaign for the man who stabbed him and every other Democrat in the back during the Lewinski imbroglio. That Joe Lieberman aided the impeachment coup should never be forgotten. But that’s what grown ups do, let the past be buried where it belongs. Bill’s a better man than most, but many of us always knew that, now didn’t we? In fact, in the era of George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton has never looked so good.
But let’s not confuse what’s going on with the bottom line.
Former President Bill Clinton, a beloved figure among liberals, will campaign for Lieberman next Monday. The two men have known each other since 1970 when Clinton worked on Lieberman’s campaign for the state Senate. Clinton’s wife — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) — has said she will back Lieberman in the primary but, should he lose that race, will support the Democratic nominee.
Jay Carson, a spokesman for President Clinton, said that the former president and his wife share the same position. "President Clinton is looking forward to campaigning with Senator Lieberman on Monday and will work hard to help ensure he wins the primary, but he respects the primary process and will support the candidate that wins the Democratic primary."
Bubba’s going to campaign for Joe, as well as a few other candidates, like Rep. Harold Ford who is running for Senate, but in the end Bill Clinton will back the people’s choice. That’s more than you can say for Joe.
Simply stated, Joe is all about, well, Joe.
We saw that in the late ’90s. Joe’s sanctimonious sermon in the Senate was enough to gag even the most moral among us.
… But the truth is, after much reflection, my feelings of disappointment and anger have not dissipated. Except now these feelings have gone beyond my personal dismay to a larger, graver sense of loss for our country, a reckoning of the damage that the President’s conduct has done to the proud legacy of his presidency, and ultimately an accounting of the impact of his actions on our democracy and its moral foundations.
The implications for our country are so serious that I feel a responsibility to my constituents in Connecticut, as well as to my conscience, to voice my concerns forthrightly and publicly, and I can think of no more appropriate place to do so than the floor of this great body. I have chosen to speak particularly at this time, before the Independent Counsel files his report, because while we do not know enough to answer the question of whether there are legal consequences from the President’s conduct, we do know enough to answer a separate and distinct set of questions about the moral consequences for our country.
I have come to this floor many times in the past to speak with my colleagues about my concerns, which are widely-held in this chamber and throughout the nation, that our society’s standards are sinking, that our common moral code is deteriorating, and that our public life is coarsening. In doing so, I have specifically criticized leaders of the entertainment industry for the way they have used the enormous influence they wield to weaken our common values. And now because the President commands at least as much attention and exerts at least as much influence on our collective consciousness as any Hollywood celebrity or television show, it is hard to ignore the impact of the misconduct the President has admitted to on our children, our culture and our national character. …
When the Democratic Party needed him in the 1990s, during the Republican witch hunt against President Bill Clinton, what did Joe do? He sold us all out. God bless Bill Clinton for being able to forget, but some of us never will.
Joe Lieberman is desperate.
Former Bill Clinton is being magnanimous. That’s what you expect of a true statesman, no matter how much it disappoints us.
But come August, after the primary, one thing is certain. President Bill Clinton will be backing the people’s choice. As for Joe, he’s already said he won’t.