"Oblivion" For the Clinton Legacy?
Maureen Dowd is already in "oblivion" as a political commenter. She is defined by her silliness and her columns are basically fodder for mockery. But she wrote a few lines today that merit consideration because they follow a theme that has been running through the Obama campaign, mostly through his supporters in the Media and the blogs - "Bill Clinton looks at Obama and sees his own oblivion", writes Dowd. Of course, the opposite is true. The Obama Post Partisan Unity Schtick has been a direct descendant of Bill Clinton's Third Way Schtick of the 1990s. Obama, in many ways, not the least of which is the marked improvement in race relations in the 1990s, IS Bill Clinton's legacy.
But, as I wrote about before, Barack Obama seems determined to disown this Democratic legacy. In a political campaign that is becoming increasingly dominated by economic concerns, this is political stupidity. Obama should be embracing the Clinton economic legacy. He should be trying to place the Bush economic legacy on John McCain.
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Barack Obama, his campaign and his supporters have not been shy to signal their disdain for Bill Clinton and his accomplishments. No doubt that rankles him. But let's be clear why Bill Clinton is angry - he has been labelled a race baiter. Dowd demonstrates the latest iteration:
As always, the Big Dog was more concerned with himself — asserting that he’s not a racist — than his party. Bill Clinton is not a racist. We can posit that. But he did play subtle racial politics in the primary. It’s way past time for him to accept the fact that there’s a new wunderkind in town.
(Emphasis supplied.) This is a remarkable passage. Dowd argues that it is in the Democratic Party's best interest that its last successful 2 term President be accepted as having engaged in race baiting. Somehow that helps the Democratic Party. And Bill Clinton should stand idly by while that happens. I argue the opposite. It is in fact imperative to the Democratic Party that Bill Clinton be cleared of this vile charge and that that happen now. Right now, Barack Obama is, perhaps unfairly, associated with the smears against Bill Clinton. This hurts Barack Obama, as we have seen.
Projection is a popular word in pop psychology. And pop psychology is what Dowd most enjoys. I am not one for this type of pop psychology, but one wonders to what degree Dowd is projecting her own concerns about her own oblivion, the reprimand column written about her by Times Ombudsman Clark Hoyt comes to mind, onto Bill Clinton.
You see, Bill Clinton was basically called a racist, and by people like Jim Clyburn and Jesse Jackson, Jr. That would make any normal person's blood boil. Maureen Dowd has been exposed as a vapid, ignorant and irrelevant waste, by the NYTimes Public Editor. It seems to me she is lashing out, but at her familiar targets. She can't do it to Clark Hoyt. In the end, Bill Clinton is honest. And Dowd is not. Tell us MoDo, what is REALLY bothering you?
By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only
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