My animosity toward Hillary (mostly existing because of her support for the war and her taking money from Health Care companies) has just risen to new heights, due to the inane stunt she is pulling , twisting Obama’s words to absurd conclusions. It’s insulting. She said in the debate that Obama “liked” Reagan’s ideas. I see nothing but the opposite of that in Obama’s actual words.
Clinton was referring to comments that Barack Obama made earlier in the week to a Reno newspaper, when he said that both JFK and Ronald Reagan were change agents: â€œI think [John] Kennedy, twenty years earlier, moved the country in a fundamentally different direction. So I think a lot of it just has to do with the times. I think weâ€™re in one of those times right now. Where people feel like things as they are going arenâ€™t working. Weâ€™re bogged down in the same arguments that weâ€™ve been having, and theyâ€™re not useful. And, you know, the Republican approach, I think, has played itself out. I think itâ€™s fair to say the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last ten, fifteen years, in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom. Now, youâ€™ve heard it all before. You look at the economic policies when theyâ€™re being debated among the Presidential candidates and itâ€™s all tax cuts. Well, you know, weâ€™ve done that, we tried it.â€
Consider this as well, from Bill’s mouth in 2004 after Reagan’s death:
Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, issued a statement that praised the former president for his optimistic outlook.
“Hillary and I will always remember President Ronald Reagan for the way he personified the indomitable optimism of the American people, and for keeping America at the forefront of the fight for freedom for people everywhere,” their statement said.
Wolf Blitzer sucks as a moderator, allowing Hillary to talk and keep going as Obama was given time (supposedly) to reply to Hillary’s inane charges. Turn off the mike when it’s the other candidate’s turn.
I wish Obama had quoted Bill’s statement above, and then said “and that was a quote from your husband Bill”.
I am with Dave W’s reaction here on Hillary’s disgusting , deceptive, inane representations of what seems to me to be a rather simple, clear acknowledgement of the Republicans being the “party of ideas” in the Reagan era. This was also the reaction of my friend Dave in Cincinnati, with whom I have many political conversations over the phone and in person when I visit Cincinnati.