For those of you youngsters that never saw Bill Clinton in action, now you know why Bill kicked Republican ass twice.
President Clinton took aim at every Republican election talking point and shot each one out of the sky. Then President Clinton picked up the broken shards of those talking points, bent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over, and shoved them where the sun don’t shine.
Then, President Clinton stripped the bullshit away from the Romney campaign and marched Mittens and Paulie through the town square, kicking their Republican asses with a shiny Gucci wingtip.
Bill Clinton knows the truth about Republicans. When Bill was President, the Republican power structure tried to destroy him. Clinton was accused of murder. The Clinton’s were investigated for fraud in the Whitewater business. His wife was accused of being gay. They tried to impeach President Clinton. They tried everything except asking Bill Clinton for his birth certificate.
Every time Republicans thought they had Bill on the ropes, President Clinton would shake it off and come back stronger than before.
The Republicans underestimated President Clinton again when they tried to spread the notion that he would do President Obama harm because of old animosities. They had the animosity part right, but Bill Clinton drew from the animosity he feels for the Republicans and what they tried to do to him when he was President.
Wednesday night President Clinton put the Republican Party across his knee and gave them the spanking they so richly deserved.
Bill Clinton isn’t perfect. He has a huge ego, but so do Romney, Obama, Ryan, and Biden. I would argue that it takes a huge ego to think you can handle the hardest job in the country next to school bus driving.
There were several times I cheered during the speech. I really loved this explanation of the Romney/Ryan/Republican plan:
“People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic. If they stay with a 5 trillion dollar tax cut in a debt reduction plan – the – arithmetic tells us that one of three things will happen: 1) they’ll have to eliminate so many deductions like the ones for home mortgages and charitable giving that middle class families will see their tax bill go up two thousand dollars a year while people making over 3 million dollars a year get will still get a 250,000 dollar tax cut; or 2) they’ll have to cut so much spending that they’ll obliterate the budget for our national parks, for ensuring clean air, clean water, safe food, safe air travel; or they’ll cut way back on Pell Grants, college loans, early childhood education and other programs that help middle class families and poor children, not to mention cutting investments in roads, bridges, science, technology and medical research; or 3) they’ll do what they’ve been doing for thirty plus years now – cut taxes more than they cut spending, explode the debt, and weaken the economy. Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can’t afford to double-down on trickle-down.”
They say, “The truth will set you free.”
I have been ranting for a long time about the choice we face in this country. I’ve used thousands of words to say what Bill Clinton said in two sentences:
“My fellow Americans, you have to decide what kind of country you want to live in. If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities – a we’re-all-in-it-together society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”
Finally, Bill Clinton is a better man than me when it comes to feelings about Republicans:
“Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats.”
President Clinton could have included himself in that statement. Bill Clinton was hated by these same Republicans during his run as the leader of the free world…they hated him, but they worked with him.
I always say the Republicans hated Bill Clinton because he kicked there asses twice…Granted, he had help from the grandfather of the Tea Party, Ross Perot, but he won…twice.
Barack Obama kicked Republican ass once already, and from where I sit, I think Bill Clinton just spiked the ball in the political end zone for the first big score in what will become the fourth Presidential ass whipping the Republicans have gotten in the last 20 years.
Please, please, please let me be right; if I have to watch the country go to Hell AND look at smug Republican faces, I think I might lose the rest of my mind.