"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Matthew Yglesias is shocked - shocked, I say! - to learn that Bill Clinton is "triangulating" again, this time "pimping for tort reform" (Matt's words; not mine). He duly goes on to note that the so-called factual basis for the Big Dog's pandering is "bogus. Really bogus. As in, something insurance companies made up one day."

Gee. Ya think?

Yglesias is also troubled by Clinton's bizarre assertion that "Roe v. Wade was the unfortunate beginning of the end of civility between left and right" - Matt notes that such outrages as the Southern Strategy, Watergate, Joe McCarthy, and Vietnam may also have taken their toll on our mythical, Kumbayah-singing, bipartisan past. Again, no duh!

I have often argued that, in a world where Bill Clinton passes for a liberal and George Bush for a conservative, the words "liberal" and "conservative" no longer have any real meaning. If expansion of the death penalty and gutting of aid for the poor are the hallmarks of a liberal President, while running up huge deficits and expanding federal power at the expense of the states makes one a conservative President, then I'm at a loss.

Which is why, when my friend Danimal described Bill Clinton as "the only Republican I ever voted for," the only part I couldn't understand is why he voted for Clinton in the first place.




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