Welcome to the weird world of political spinning. The Clintons are back and so is the nasty debate over who did what and when prior to 9/11.
President Clinton must have really hated that “smirk” he described when he took off on Chris Wallace, the conservative son of Mike Wallace. But Clinton is no debutante when it comes to political war. He used the interview to let the people know that he does not approve of the way President Bush handled the run up to 9/11. It was classic Clinton all the way, looking victimized, but also enjoying “roughing it up” with the media. For those with short memories, President Clinton has little use for media folks, but he certainly knows how to do television doesn’t he?
Along comes Secretary of State Rice. Condi, as the President calls her, did a good job of burying all those headlines of the National Intelligence Estimate which says, despite White House views to the contrary, that Iraq has made the terror war worse. The Secretary offered her retort to President Clinton, charging that the Bush folks did more in eight months to fight terrorism than the Clintons did in many years.
Not to be outdone, Senator Hillary Clinton, no slouch when it comes to political combat, offered her sizzling assesment, blasting Condi and defending Bill. She reminded the Secretary that the White House may have ignored warnings in the summer of 2001 that Al Qaeda was ready to strike.
So what is this all about?
Election day is less than six weeks away. The Republicans are on the defensive. The Democrats, as a party, have done a lousy job convincing Americans that they are tough on terrorists. Bill Clinton did more in one interview to dispel that myth than Howard Dean has done in two years.
The Secretary, a very smart politician, used her high office and imagery as a person of charisma, to blast back at Mr. Charisma himself.
The Senator looks to another election, New Hampshire 2008.
The President can avoid the debate with his loyal Secretary as the front person.
The problem with all of this is the obsession with the PAST. All of this energy and all of these brickbats are wasted. Smart people should be looking AHEAD and debating ways to make us safer.
It is time for our egotistical politicians to “let it go already.”
The Bill, Hillary and Condi show is embarrassing.