No offense,but how nice can she be if she's behind this turkey? This is the kind of blatantly corrupt move that ensures the cynicism of the population. Sorry but its impossible to trust the machine politicians of either party or gender. To think of them as truly serving anything but the status quo is a dangerous mistake. They certainly don't serve anything as quaint as "the people", "the nation" or " their constituents". The system has been designed to reinforce its own corruption and is doing the job so well that corruption has become legally accepted. The Supreme Court gets very annoyed when you try and fight against it. How else do you think all those campaigns on both sides get paid for? This is an inevitable result of the doctrine of money equals speech and corporations are people.
What legacy is the Times talking about? Are they talking about the President who decided to execute an American without a trial? The President who's administration ran the most aggressive data collection operation and arguably violated the constitutional rights of every American? The President who spoke about bi-partisanship and rammed a flawed healthcare law through Congress with a party-line vote? The President who, after 6 years, still can't work with Congress effectively?Or are you talking about the rhetorician who wowed the Democrats with his silver tongue, then fell back to Earth after being unable to master the quotidian details of normal life?
JeffD, you are right on about what needs to be in Washington, however, the 'machine' called campaign monies and promises dolled out each election cycle has grown so much, it would be a gargantuan task to inform the citizens before election time to do the right thing with voting.
The tea party tried it and got shot down. Each organization that tries to do something about what goes on in our House (Congress), they get put down.
Interesting, isn't it?
This is an unfair comparison.Bill Clinton wasn't wanted or welcomed out on the campaign trail in 1998 or 2000, that's for sure. He has the luxury now of having run his last campaign. He's able to speak more candidly and more passionately as a private citizen, and he's certainly taken advantage. (Can anyone recall a speech he made as president that truly stirred the soul or moved others to follow his lead?)Barack Obama came into the presidency facing many more challenges than did Mr. Clinton. And he, unwisely, expected members of the GOP to help the nation meet those challenges. But they chose party over country, resolving to take him down by whatever means necessary. During a time of relative peace and prosperity, Republicans had fewer options for taking down President Clinton. Unable to keep his impulses under control, he handed them one on a silver platter. What a shame, for him and the country.But he sure is a terrific ex-president. One of the best.