Monday, May 21, 2007

Don't believe the tripe

Already this morning, I've heard the Morning Foxholes making the claim that former President Carter's recent comments about Bush are unprecedented, because former presidents just don't criticize sitting presidents.

Of course, we heard the same b.s. a year-and-a-half ago, when Bill Clinton complained about Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. "This has never happened before. (F)ormer Presidents of both parties have stayed out of politics and have avoided criticizing their successors," claimed John Hinderaker of Power Line. " The Democrats appear bent on destroying every element of the fabric that has united us as Americans."

Of course, as I pointed out then, Hinderaker was either ignorant or he was lying. Republicans criticized Clinton throughout his presidency, beginning with an op-ed by Ronald Reagan less than a month after Clinton had taken office. "I can't refrain any longer," Reagan wrote about his 29 days of biting his tongue.

George H.W. Bush promised not to criticize Clinton for a year, but he couldn't make it nine months without bitching about the then-sitting president, something he continued to do throughout Clinton's presidency. He once even argued that Clinton was trashing America's reputation overseas, saying, "The trials of the present will soon pass away and once again our country will be respected and strong around the world."

Does that sound significantly different than Carter's claim that "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history"? Not to me, but, because I'm not a Republican nitwit, it doesn't sound like "reckless personal criticism" to me, either. It sounds President Carter knows how to read.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both comments are more articulate than Jimmy Carter's.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Carter agrees

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8:03 AM  
Anonymous Happenstance said...

The two anonymous comments preceding this are hilarious. Carter's a Christian peacemaker (and a conservative one at that, but you'll never hear it from a neo-con); of course he turns the other cheek. And of course, the White House and FOX are displaying their usual maturity and grace--that of spoiled children.

The very first anonymous comment completely misses the point (deliberately, I imagine) in an attempt to defend those right-wing idols Reagan and Poppy--ironically, arguing about articulation.

I have no need to display the sort of class and maturity of a Democratic president, so I could similarly retort that Poppy Bush is only too happy now to have Clinton's company (and coattails to ride)...and Jellybean Reagan was out of his diseased, enfeebled mind long before he left the White House.

Nothing needs to be said about the current occupant; his outrageous incompetence speaks proudly for itself.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Nitpicker said...

Well, for one thing, Carter was being interviewed, while Bush, Sr., was giving a prepared speech and Reagan sent in an op-ed. It's always easier to be articulate when you have time to prepare your text.

Unless you're Dubya, for whom coherence is a constantly moving target.

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