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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Clintonian Progressivism Under the Mullahs

According to the guys hanging out on the Corner at National Review, Bill Clinton at one of his past Davos appearances said this:
Iran today is, in a sense, the only country where progressive ideas enjoy a vast constituency. It is there that the ideas that I subscribe to are defended by a majority... In every single election, the guys I identify with got two thirds to 70 per cent of the vote. There is no other country in the world I can say that about, certainly not my own.
Read it here.

In what sense, Bill? Could you be more specific?

Two reactions:

Perhaps he was just making stuff up to fit the prejudices of his audience. If so it is a fascinating testimony to Clinton's compulsive need to gain approval from the kind of people who attend Davos meetings.

But there is always the possibility that Clinton was being serious and really thinks that Iran under the Mullahs has been a paragon of progressivism. If so, that is truly frightening. Both for what it says about Clinton's mindset, and for what it says about progressivism.