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Bill seems apalled as to how his comments were interpreted... good commentary on the state of US politics/media....
The right is so concerned about vetting processes, one might think that they would check their sources as the media/blogoshpere that they all love is usually unreliable.. otoh maybe their "vetting" is situational and exclusive.
Or maybe it is as simple as they are just conditioned and content with half truths(lies)....
"I said, you know, Governor Romney had a good career in business and he was a governor, so he crosses the qualification threshold for him being president," Clinton said. "But he shouldn't be elected, because he is wrong on the economy and all these other issues.
"So today, because I didn't attack him personally and bash him, I wake up to read all these stories taking it out of context as if I had virtually endorsed him, which means the tea party has already won their first great victory: 'We are supposed to hate each to disagree.' That is wrong."
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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I think Bill Clinton feels a little anamosity toward Obama. Whether it's because of the 2008 election, or simply a matter of an accomplished, tried and true former president disliking the fawn people have over the "in my day this guy would have been getting us coffee" holder of the oval office. It's just a hunch I have.
Absolutely, Clinton is the consummate politician who knows how to parse words ( the meaning of "is") so that both sides can find something they like in the quote. I think he probably harbors some ill will for preventing Hillary from becoming President and this is his way of supporting President Obama while getting a "dig" in at the same time.
I agree that when something out-of-step comes from Clinton, it is very unlikely that it just happened. He may have been purposely turning down the heat, or he might think that if he's nice enough, he'll be the token "heal-the-country" Democratic appointment in a Romney regime. He might, as postulated, be eroding Obama's support from the inside. Whatever it is, it's not coincidental, and I don't think it's an unconscious "oopsie." My guess is that it's the front door into getting people to see the other guys as the party of hate, just how he subsequently spun it. It does highlight the difference between now and the past, when politicians could get things done because things weren't quite so apocalyptic and Manichean.
He prefaced his commentary with something about how the Romneys have been uncommonly kind to him and to Hillary, and how they'd played golf together and they were all New Yorkers. It's not a Romney endorsement, and nobody but the insane right will buy that interpretation. What it may be is a "Miss me yet?" billboard, with "Me" representing the pre-teabagger world.