You stay classy, Bill Jeff:
Bill Clinton is speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and he said just now, apropos of almost nothing (actually, during a long peroration on Nelson Mandela): "Every living soul on this planet has some highly-justified anger. Everyone. If you know anybody who was a P.O.W. for any time, they can be going on for years and all of a sudden something will happen that will trigger all those bad memories."
Not too subtle. Astonishingly, his interviewer, former Clinton Administration official Jane Wales, didn't follow-up. One subject Clinton didn't talk about at all: Barack Obama. He seemed to go out of his way, in fact, not to mention Obama's name. Which, when you think about, calls into question whether the P.O.W. shot was actually an intentional shot at all. On the other hand, I believe that Bill Clinton doesn't say things by accident.
Of course, Bill Clinton will claim he was saying no such thing, that he was just making a general observation. Meanwhile, the smear is out there; John McCain can't be trusted as president because he might go nuts someday as a result of his years as a POW.
This new fangled kind of politics practiced by Obama and the Democrats sure looks familiar. It's what Democrats have been saying about every Republican presidential candidate since Ike. Goldwater - might press the button he's so extreme. Nixon - a paranoid. Ford - too stupid to be president. Reagan - dangerous extremist.
One would think they'd get off that hobby horse after losing a few elections. But since it makes them feel superior to Republicans by branding their candidates as mentally deficient, I doubt whether they will stop anytime soon.