January 16, 2008

Obama channels Ronald Reagan and throws Bill Clinton under the bus

You have GOT to be kidding me. The man who fired 11,000 air traffic controllers? Ignored AIDS? Racked up an enormous deficit? Iran-Contra anyone?

Matt Stoller offers commentary:

Obama admires Reagan because he agrees with Reagan's basic frame that the 1960s and 1970s were full of 'excesses' and that government had grown large and unaccountable.

Those excesses, of course, were feminism, the consumer rights movement, the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, and the antiwar movement. The libertarian anti-government ideology of an unaccountable large liberal government was designed by ideological conservatives to take advantage of the backlash against these 'excesses'.


Anonymous said...

One can only wonder why Bill Clinton wants to be back in the White House so bad. Reminds me of Dick Cheney and the neocons wanting their second chance to get things done right with another Bush administration.

Sorry but I am not a Clinton worshiper.

cls said...

Neither am I. But neither do I hate them with the white hot heat of a thousand suns. There is a middle ground you know.

I don't think Hillary is the second coming (unlike many of Obama's supporters).

Desert Beacon said...

What all three campaigns must do, and I think do quickly, is to make differentiating statements that go beyond pot-shotting. Obama needs to decide if he is the president for substance, for style, or both. Clinton needs to stake out her own territory on this matter. Edwards needs to demonstrate that his message is about making the country, not just the economy work. Part of the problem with being one of the first states to vote or caucus is that the messages aren't refined yet.

Vignir said...


"But no president can do it alone. She must break recent tradition, cast cronyism aside and fill her cabinet with the best people, not only the best Democrats, but the best Republicans as well. We’re confident she will do that. Her list of favorite presidents -- Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Truman, George H.W. Bush and Reagan -- demonstrates how HRC thinks."

Apparently Reagan is HRC's hero too...

cls said...

Uh. No. And I know you've seen this post over at Taylor Marsh that debunks this, right?

The problem is that the article is incorrect and they got the story wrong. The co-owner of the newspaper clarified and verified it:

"David Cutler, the co-owner of Salmon Press Newspapers, released the following statement:

The question posed was originally what portraits would you hang in the White House if you were President and as the dialogue progressed, who are the presidents you admire most?

She [Sen. Clinton] listed several presidents that she admired and mentioned she liked Reagan’s communication skills. She did not say Reagan was her favorite President. She didn’t say anything close to that."

No one can doubt Reagan's communications skills. It's one thing that infuriated everyone, especially Democrats. Compared to George W. Bush, Reagan now seems like Shakespeare. He seduced a lot of people with his acting ability. But that's a lot different from saying Reagan was on "her list of favorite presidents."

Clinton didn't say it. The paper got it wrong. The co-owner just cleared it up. End of story.