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Premature Exclamation

The other day, I linked to a piece written by Bill Clinton defending some of the presidential pardons he issued in the final days of his presidency. In my haste, I didn't notice that the article was dated February, 2001 -- mere weeks after he left office.

Well, when it comes to discussing Bill Clinton's craving for the spotlight, it's often a case of not being "wrong" as being "early." I wrote my piece on Tuesday, and yesterday he actually did come out and comment on the Libby commutation.

It wasn't quite as detailed as his early rationalizing piece, but it seems that his general attitude hasn't changed -- what he did was motivated by the highest of principles and compassion, no one should dare question him, and when others do anything remotely similar, they are motivated by the most craven and crass and corrupt purposes.

And as we see by his increasing involvement in his wife's campaign, he really can't stand to be out of the spotlight.

Apparently eight years in the White House wasn't enough for them -- they want another four (or, preferably, eight) years. Too bad that for a lot of people, it was more than enough.


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Here's a question for all t... (Below threshold)

Here's a question for all the people who think the Clinton's should be back in office, which one will be in charge? Isn't his wife running for office just backdoor way of Bill Clinton getting around the 22nd amendment? How will we know that the descisions coming out the White House are actually coming from the current president and not the former president? Enquiring minds would like to know.....

Maybe the Klinton's want to... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Maybe the Klinton's want to steal the rest of the stuff from Air Force One.

BTW

I think we have people spam... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

I think we have people spamming the ratings now on posts. ..

Yes, we are all sure that t... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

Yes, we are all sure that those pardons were issued under the most pure of ethical standards.

All pardons are pure, but some pardons are more pure than others.

Take the pardons that were issued in approximate concurrence with large contributions to the library or hefty fees to family members.

Now what could be more pure than that?

"people who think the Clint... (Below threshold)
RobLACal.:

"people who think the Clinton's should be back in office"

People who think the Clintons should be in office shouild be shot. Wait a minute , let me rephrase that. People who think these dirty rotten criminals should be back in the White House they looted and damaged on their way out should be required to take a crash course on the Clintons Crimes and Corruption , be made aware of all the facts and every low down despicable lies they have hold. At this point if People still think the Clintons should be in office , not only should they be shot they should be charged for the bullet beforehand.

If Hillary wins, we should ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

If Hillary wins, we should require a security deposit before they move in. ww

What makes you think they'd... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

What makes you think they'd use their own money??

Boy, I can't wait for all t... (Below threshold)
Bill Clinton:

Boy, I can't wait for all those interns. Hill will probably get all lesbians, but if they are hot, I'd be happy just watching.

Did I not catch the whole s... (Below threshold)

Did I not catch the whole story on some morning show...or did they really say that Bill was mistaken for Bob Barker at some Iowa event he was attending with Hillary? Something about a couple of women yelling 'come on down!' at him? Or do they know something we don't about Bob's replacement? All those women running up and kissing him...hmmm...

I cannot wait for the aston... (Below threshold)
Frank:

I cannot wait for the astonishing list of pardons sure to come down at the 11th hour of this administration and for all of the hours of enjoyment I'll get reading the apologists defending the Executive privilege as a sacred right to be used at the pleasure of the president. I will revel in the certain amnesia that will befall 50% of the country in the same way that the once profound belief in the criminality of perjury has escaped them of late. I'm sure that the pardoning of guys like Duke Cunningham, Ken Lay (post-humously, for "his family"), Dennis Kozlowski, etc. will all come as a result of righting the miscarriage of justice in their convictions by activist judges. You all know it's coming, I just hope you all have the integrity to remember.

Frank,You dream up... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

Frank,

You dream up some fantasy pardons and you use them to rationalize all that Clinton crap?

I bet you think you are quite a clever guy, eh Frank?

I mean, just asking, how clever would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10?

"You had some controversial... (Below threshold)

"You had some controversial pardons during your presidency; what's your reaction to what President Bush did?"

Got that? "...what President Bush did."

What did President Bush do? He commuted an excessive prison sentence, keeping intact a $250k fine and the guilty charges which would result in Libby's disbarment as further punishment. He did not pardon Libby. So it's really an apples and oranges question.

It would have been more in keeping with the true nature of the issue to ask Clinton something in regards to the fact that HE was found guilty of virtually the same charges yet received different treatment. I would have asked him if he would consider a 30 month prison sentence excessive were it applied to his own case and if he would consider a commutation of his sentence unreasonable.

Did I not catch the whol... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Did I not catch the whole story on some morning show...or did they really say that Bill was mistaken for Bob Barker at some Iowa event he was attending with Hillary?

Drudge has the story.

It's Freudian; they want hi... (Below threshold)
kim:

It's Freudian; they want him to be retired.
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While considering the merit... (Below threshold)

While considering the merits of Bill's defense, consider three words:

Puerto Rican Terrorists.

Then ask why.

To determine how a lefty is... (Below threshold)

To determine how a lefty is going to come down on just about any issue, just follow two simple rules:

1. Clinton did it = good.

2. Bush did it = bad.

And, if needed, a third rule:

3. If Bush does something that Clinton also did, Bush still = bad.

The despicable thing about ... (Below threshold)

The despicable thing about Bill Clinton,(yeah, I know, how can I pick only one) is that he longs to be back in the White House.

After all, he has said he wished there was no 22nd Amendment. If there hadn't been, he would have run again. He is a narcissist. He HAS to be in the spotlight. He craves it.

Bush would never have commu... (Below threshold)

Bush would never have commuted Libby's sentence if the judge had left him out of jail during his appeal.

Whether Bush will pardon Libby at the end of his term, remains to be seen. I, for one, will applaud him if he does.

I see, we are constitutiona... (Below threshold)
Virgil Starkwell:

I see, we are constitutionalists when we want to be. Just like the outrage in the 90's over Clinton's assault on the second amendment. Hell, even I joined the NRA.

Here's a question for all the people who think the
Clinton's should be back in office, which one will be in charge? Isn't his wife running for office just backdoor way of Bill Clinton getting around the 22nd amendment? How will we know that the descisions coming out the White House are actually coming from the current president and not the former president? Enquiring minds would like to know.....
Posted by: El-ahrairah at July 5, 2007 05:35 AM

And Kim, don't speak with your mouth full. I can hear the bag rustling from here.

Clinton's pardons were perf... (Below threshold)

Clinton's pardons were perfectly legal, Virgil.

So is Bush's.

In fact, I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to bring this up. Did you know that Mr. Clinton pardoned someone for (gasp!) perjury? And it was (double gasp!) a member of his own administration?

Look up "Henry Cisneros."

And the crickets are chirpi... (Below threshold)

And the crickets are chirping. The lefties don't wanna discuss Henry Cisneros' case, I guess.

Moi, VS? Those are stones ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Moi, VS? Those are stones rattling.
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