September 13, 2002


THE PERMENANT CAMPAIGN: Apparently, Bill Clinton's spin army is having some success. The comment board on "OUT OF THE WOODS" below, filled mostly with messages to the effect that James Woods is cool, contains one dissenting note; my response is a little long to leave in the comments section. One "David" writes

Clinton might be a SOB, but he sure is articulate. I can't imagine Bush dealing with the issues raised in such depth or with such clarity.

I'm sorry, but its true.

Well David, I don't know what you saw, but the parts of Letterman I caught weren't exactly brimming with "clarity."

It seems Clinton thinks that weapons inspectors and sanctions worked fine, so we should definitely attack Iraq, unless the UN doesn't want to. Got that?

Then he basically implied that there would be peace in Israel if only someone as smart as him was there and "both sides" would stop "digging" themselves into a hole with (evidentally morally equivalent) violence.

I agree, I could never see Bush trying to talk like Clinton, but I think that's a good thing. A lot of people mistake Clinton-speak for "depth" because things that should be simple are treated with relativistic complexity. David seems to think that the interview was somehow spontaneous; I can assure you it was not (they rehearse even more than usual when a politician is the guest). Bush has delivered scripted lines much better than any that Clinton has. The "unmarked grave of discarded lies" will make the history books. The "new covenant" and "bridge to the 21st Century" probably won't. As for ad libs, I'll admit that the "I can hear you..." line from Ground Zero has tough competion in "it depends on what the meaning of the word is is."

I have little appetite to talk about Clinton. Sure, it's important to remember how we got into this mess-- that is, by telegraphing, with ineffective, antiseptic cruise missle launches at random targets, that there was little to be lost by trifling with the U.S. Yes, it's Clinton's fault, but I'd rather learn from his errors and move on than keep on blaming Clinton; I wish we could all just forget about him.

But he's not gonna let that happen, is he?

Posted by John Tabin at September 13, 2002 12:26 AM