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I hate Bill Clinton

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I hate Bill Clinton.

I know … I know—liberals don’t hate Bill Clinton. He was our 42nd president! He served two terms! He’s very smart and oversaw some of our nation’s greatest economic days! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

I hate him.

I’ve hated Bill Clinton since the whole Monica Lewinski thing. You wanna cheat on your wife? Not my business. You wanna cheat on your wife with a 24-year-old intern inside the Oval Office—then lie about it under oath? Crosses a huge line.

But I don’t hate Bill Clinton for the act. I hate Bill Clinton for the consequences. Back in 2000, Al Gore was the easiest presidential choice in modern history. He was the vice president during eight years of United States prosperity. He was wickedly intelligent, progressive, knowledgeable on the widest range of issues. But during the election versus George W. Bush, he decided to keep his distance from Bill Clinton—because Bill Clinton had fucked around with a 24-year-old intern in the Oval Office. And normal people keep their distance from presidents who fuck around with 24-year-old interns in the Oval Office. And, of course, Gore lost (well, sorta). And Clinton had the audacity to criticize him for not running a wise campaign.

I hate him.

I hate Bill Clinton for last night. I mean, I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hate Donald Trump. In a way people hate bloody warts and diarrhea stew. I hate everything about Trump, and I would pay large sums of money and cattle for him to vanish and never return. But that pre-debate press conference … those women—that’s all Bill Clinton. That’s a man who couldn’t control himself and couldn’t control his penis, behaving like a 15-year-old boy with a Playboy spread permanently affixed to his visionary scan. Just as he put Al Gore in the unenviable position of having to answer for his transgressions, he’s put his wife in the unenviable position of having to answer for his transgressions.

It’s not fair, it’s not right.

I hate him.

3 replies on “I hate Bill Clinton”

I get your point. Of course the fact that he was reelected after the Monica affair shows something. He was still popular after the fact and popular when he left office. After his impeachment proceedings in 1998 and 1999, Clinton’s rating reached its highest point at 73% approval. He finished with a Gallup poll approval rating of 65%, higher than that of every other departing president measured since Harry Truman. I don’t know how Gore could have won a better campaign. Did he lose states he should have won? Florida cerntainly with extenuating circumstances. He also lost his home state. Nader gets blamed a lot. I don’t know if anyone could have predicted he would have received so many votes. Heck, if he had the 17,000 votes Buchanan got he would have won as well. However when you can’t win your home state that does say something. If he won Tennessee he wins the election. For a guy who was in the Congress and the Senate (not sure if those races were close) it is hard to believe he couldn’t win his home state. Interesting article from the Times. In 96 Clinton and Gore barely won Tennessee. He moved leftward and he spent money in toss up states. http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/09/us/the-2000-elections-tennessee-loss-in-home-state-leaves-gore-depending-on-florida.html?_r=0

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There are lots of reasons Gore lost (assuming for the sake of argument that he in fact lost). But there is a strong argument that one reason he lost is that he rejected the help of Bill Clinton, and made every effort to distance himself from “Slick Willy.” Even after the long national nightmare of the impeachment, Clinton was still extraordinarily popular for a second-term outgoing President, and he was still (unlike Gore) a superb “speechifier.” Having Clinton out on the stump for Gore would have helped, not hurt. Gore “gored” himself with that in retrospect unwise decision.

And yeah, like Sanford943 says, if you can’t even win the state that previously elected you to Congress and to the Senate, maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

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“But that pre-debate press conference…those women-that’s all Bill Clinton.” No sir. That’s all Donald Trump. Only he would have done such a thing.

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