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Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Scales Fall From Their Eyes

Lefty journalist Jonathan Chait has had a revelation:

Something strange happened the other day. All these different people -- friends, co-workers, relatives, people on a liberal e-mail list I read -- kept saying the same thing: They've suddenly developed a disdain for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but I think we've reached an irrevocable turning point in liberal opinion of the Clintons.

The sentiment seems to be concentrated among Barack Obama supporters. Going into the campaign, most of us liked Hillary Clinton just fine, but the fact that tens of millions of Americans are seized with irrational loathing for her suggested that she might not be a good Democratic nominee. But now that loathing seems a lot less irrational. We're not frothing Clinton haters like ... well, name pretty much any conservative. We just really wish they'd go away.
Read it here.

So let me get this straight -- when liberals want the Clintons to go away it's a rational decision based upon the horrible couple's disgusting behavior, but when conservatives want the same thing, it's "irrational loathing".

Chait is an idiot, but for years the Clintons have found him to be a useful idiot. It is good to see that the horribles have finally become so obstreperous that even Chait can now appreciate them for what they are. It's a first step toward maturity and I am glad to see Jonathan taking it. Now if he could just get over his irrational loathing of Bush.


Even Garry Wills, who long ago left planet Earth for the outer precincts of cloud cuckoo land has finally had enough with the horribles. He urges that voters reject their bid to install a dual presidency here.

I don't expect Hill and Bill to lose -- far too many Democrats are willing to march in lockstep behind them -- but at least the exercise of running against the horribles seems to have some chance of instilling a modicum of sanity into some elements of the left, and that is a welcome development.