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BUBBA CLINTON: A Bloated Irrelevancy
Drudge Report - A VIEW FROM HERE ^ | 10/16/01 | Deb Weiss

Posted on 10/16/2001 12:01:36 PM PDT by Liz

On top of all the other things I'm obliged to fret about nowadays -- anthrax in my morning mail, suitcase nukes, real pestilence and real plague -- now I find I must worry about Bill Clinton, too.

In case you've forgotten, he was the president of the United States, before and after one Mr. Bush or another. He had all sorts of clever nicknames, hatched and poll-tested for him by whole squadrons of political operatives -- "The Comeback Kid," "The Man from Hope," each sobriquet an eerie blend of Capra and Kafka.

He was cozy with a lot of folks in the press and Academe and Hollywood, and he became famous for having a kind of sex in the Oval Office, although according to official testimony under oath he was pretty sure it wasn't really sex at all.

According to a nice young woman named Meryl Gordon (I feel sure she must be a nice young woman, although, on the other hand, I could be utterly wrong on all counts), writing for "New York Metro," the former president is practically beside himself with angst because he finds that he is out of power at the very moment when events have conspired to create the conditions for greatness.

Like Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront," he coulda been a contender, if only -- if only. (Instead, alas, like Marlon Brando in real life, he finds himself reduced to a bloated irrelevancy.)

Think of the frustration: it must be an especially fiendish kind of torture. What with Americans dead by the thousands, and the nation at war, and mysterious packets of toxins popping up all over the place, and the nation locked in an ominous waiting game, and despite his own best efforts to thrust himself front and center, he really doesn't matter in the least. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.

It is his own pain Mr. Clinton feels now, most deeply and most acutely. He has been robbed -- he seems so sure of this -- of the opportunity to demonstrate his brilliant grasp, his diplomatic genius, his healing touch, his inspired leadership (all those things he never had a chance to flourish before an admiring world during his eight years of unblemished peace and prosperity, from Waco to the Camp David meltdown, from Somalia to the USS Cole).

Poor man. It's an opportunity he is touchingly certain should have been his. It belonged to him by rights, and not to some Texas yokel who's never even been to a Renaissance Weekend or enjoyed an overnight with Barbra Streisand or been hailed as a sex object by left-feminist reporterettes.

According to Ms. Gordon, "The World Trade Center attacks have catapulted the former president -- who was just starting to mellow out and revel in his post-Oval Office life as a New Yorker, senatorial spouse, and money-making private citizen -- into the unfamiliar and frustrating role of action figure in search of action."

The passion of this action figure is tinged with gall, Ms. Gordon notes, with endearing sympathy. "Interviews with nearly a dozen Clinton confidants reveal a man struggling to find a way to be useful and worrying that his peace-and-prosperity presidency will be recast as a footnote to the Bush-family dynasty," she writes, adding, with an almost-audible sigh, "Right after the attacks, Clinton admitted to a friend that he wished, for the first time, to be back in the White House. And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently."

Mind you, there's a sweet kind of forgetting, in that. (I suppose we must forgive him, though.) The Executive Branch rules the Justice Department, after all, just as the former president -- in theory, at least -- ruled his own appetites. There's a cornucopia of obvious retorts to Mr. Clinton's implication that the FBI robbed him of his Really Big Chance.

Still, it seems excessive (indeed almost cruel) to confront such a man, at such a moment, with anything so blunt and cold as a matter of fact. Here's a curiosity. After eight years of experiencing revulsion and alarm and an often-strident anger at this strange presidential stick-figure, this bizarre combination of noise, and shadow, and lethal vanity, I suddenly feel mostly pity. Weariness and pity.

This is a man who gazes on the corpses of his fellow-beings, his fellow-citizens -- thousands upon thousands of them -- and thinks of how miraculous it would have been, this cosmic horror, this flaring-up of the fires of Hell, if only it had happened in time for him.

This is a man who sees blood and terror and grief and war's devastation merely as a kind of glossy theatrical backdrop, dragged out by the clumsy stagehands of History too late to ornament his turn before the footlights.

This is a soul so small God Himself cannot perceive it without a magnifying glass.


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Klintoon is a never was has-been.
1 posted on 10/16/2001 12:01:36 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Darn! Ya beat me! In the long history of anti-Clinton invective, this is one of the classics.
2 posted on 10/16/2001 12:04:54 PM PDT by ArcLight
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To: Liz

3 posted on 10/16/2001 12:06:08 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Liz
Pity? NO. Clinton deserves contempt, now more than ever. 9/11 is his legacy.
4 posted on 10/16/2001 12:06:47 PM PDT by EaglesUpForever
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To: ArcLight
In the long history of anti-Clinton invective, this is one of the classics.

Agree. A brilliant analysis of the boob who was president.

5 posted on 10/16/2001 12:08:18 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Yes, putting aside the bad, he didn't accomplish much, if anything. What a sorry, empty person he really turned out to be. The pressholes really had my hopes up in '92. <./sarcasm>...
7 posted on 10/16/2001 12:10:16 PM PDT by eureka!
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To: Liz
Damn! That's good! Thanks, Liz....FRegards
8 posted on 10/16/2001 12:11:53 PM PDT by gonzo
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To: Liz
This someb*tch is beyond shameless. Didn't he know that 6000 people died???
9 posted on 10/16/2001 12:12:29 PM PDT by Toidylop
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To: ontariopcer
No, he's not worthy of anything but our contempt.
10 posted on 10/16/2001 12:13:05 PM PDT by motexva
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To: ontariopcer
Where's the respect? He was a American President. Does that count for nothing?

Look buster, one has to EARN respect. You don't automatically get it.

This presidential pretender dishonored the office. He sold the Oval Office for campaign donations.

He lied to the people, he lied to his family. He is an adulterer, a womanizer, and from all reports a rapist.

As president he corrupted our nation's laws, he pardoned gross-out criminals.
Marc Rich is the nation's biggest tax cheat and traded with America's enemy during the oil embargo.

You want respect. You earn it.

11 posted on 10/16/2001 12:13:27 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Clinton had his chance and blew it. There were several terrorist attacks against America where Americans were killed, and the Clinton-dominated Press either lied about it or Clinton ignored it. Puke! What a disgrace Clinton is and what a disgrace this idiot author is.
12 posted on 10/16/2001 12:14:29 PM PDT by swampfox98
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To: ontariopcer
I admire your respect for the office of the presidency. I too wonder at those who seem to want to tee off on our boy Bill at every opportunity. Yet, if the media insist upon publishing these stories about this idiot, why should we resist the urge to mock him one more time? Especially when he's consistently depicted as focusing his every thought upon himself, even in the midst of national tragedy? Clinton has worked hard to make himself a symbol of cowardice and vulgarity--grant him the laurels he has earned.
14 posted on 10/16/2001 12:15:37 PM PDT by ArcLight
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To: EaglesUpForever
Pity? NO. Clinton deserves contempt, now more than ever. 9/11 is his legacy.

Agree completely. But that last line. I may have to have it embroidered on something. Thanks for a beauty, Deb. fsf

15 posted on 10/16/2001 12:16:17 PM PDT by Free State Four
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To: Liz
Why do people keep wasting ink on this sick, perverted piece of crap? Why do I keep reading these pieces...LOL. I simply despise these Clintons. I hate their guts - the creeps. The crumbums! There! Thanks...I feel a little bit better. ;^D
16 posted on 10/16/2001 12:16:23 PM PDT by BlueHorseShoe
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To: Toidylop; nycgal; Mitzi; Illbay; frank; Miss Marple; Howlin; Teacup; parsifal; summer
This someb*tch is beyond shameless. Didn't he know that 6000 people died???

The baseness of Klintoon - that the 6000 should have died on his watch so he could become a legend.

17 posted on 10/16/2001 12:16:35 PM PDT by Liz
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To: ArcLight
Clinton has worked hard to make himself a symbol of cowardice and vulgarity--grant him the laurels he has earned.

Well said.
18 posted on 10/16/2001 12:17:26 PM PDT by wheezer
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To: ontariopcer
Strap on the asbestos, flames will engulf you otherwise.

He was an American embarrassment who occupied the WH for 8 years.

He deserves NO respect - he showed none to the American people, his cabinet, his wife, his daughter, the rest of the world. He is a despicable waste of humanity.

Deb has it just right - even God Himself will have a hard time finding his soul.

19 posted on 10/16/2001 12:20:12 PM PDT by mombonn
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To: ontariopcer
"He was a American President. Does that count for nothing?"

YEP!!!!!!He was never MY President!!!

20 posted on 10/16/2001 12:20:49 PM PDT by dvan
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To: ontariopcer
How can you even say relax when it comes to the toon, he was a disgrace and a failure,
or should I say is currently a disgrace and failure. Please stay in Canada, newbie....

I LIKE BUSH
21 posted on 10/16/2001 12:20:54 PM PDT by vin-one
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To: ontariopcer
People's respect for a president is earned, not given. Clinton was a rapist and a philanderer. He lived large on our tax dollars for eight years all the while meticulously subordinating the interests of America to his own personal and selfish agendas. That this man presided over America for two full terms is a scarring insult to our nation. Offering him any measure of respect simply on account of his managing to win the presidency only compounds that insult. Clinton shamed America countless times and in countless ways during his presidency. Let's not protract that shame now by pretending he wasn't vile and corrupt enough for us to withhold the respect we customarily give our presidents.
22 posted on 10/16/2001 12:21:26 PM PDT by fire and forget
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To: swampfox98
Clinton had his chance and blew it. There were several terrorist attacks against America where Americans were killed, and the Clinton-dominated Press either lied about it or Clinton ignored it.

Where was he after the USS Cole bombing. After the Khobar bombing?
After the Marine barracks bombing? After the 1993 WTC bombing?

23 posted on 10/16/2001 12:22:07 PM PDT by Liz
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To: ontariopcer
ontariopcer...member since October 16th, 2001

Call your health care provider, the meds aren't working.

24 posted on 10/16/2001 12:22:14 PM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: Liz
"Right after the attacks, Clinton admitted to a friend that he wished, for the first time, to be back in the White House.

What a blatant lie - he has HATED every minute of being an IMPEACHED ex-president. He has NEVER stopped wanting to be back in the WH.

Lying piece of trash.

25 posted on 10/16/2001 12:23:10 PM PDT by mombonn
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To: ontariopcer
It counts for sh** the scum bag rapist/liar/assaulter/draft dodging coward in chief, the ME president is still trying to be relevant.
27 posted on 10/16/2001 12:24:02 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: BlueHorseShoe
I simply despise these Clintons. I hate their guts - the creeps. The crumbums! There! ....I feel a little bit better.

Thanks. I needed that.

28 posted on 10/16/2001 12:24:04 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz; OLDWORD
Thanks for the post. Deb hits the nail on the head, as usual.

But she overestimates Clinton (him). She concludes that he has "a soul so small that even God Nimself could not see it without a magnifying glass." That is too charitable.

He sold his soul, sometime in his never-ending teenaged years, for gratification and personal gain. His was a literal Faustian bargain. "Whst profiteth a man that he gain the world, and lose his soul?"

What indeed. We have a walking object lesson in this supremely self-centered, miserable excuse for a human being, Billyjeff Clinton. His back-channel plays for sympathy should be met with contempt, and nothing more.

As a FReeper wrote months ago, "I despised him then. I despise him now. I will despise him until he dies. And then I will despise his memory."

The (More er Less) Honorable Billybob,
cyberCongressman from Western Carolina

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For a clear discussion of the difference between what the US can constitutionally do in wartime with aliens (but NOT with US citizens of foreign extraction), see my book, Manzanar, published in 1988.

29 posted on 10/16/2001 12:25:02 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Liz
Deb Weiss may feel pity for him, but I absolutely none.
30 posted on 10/16/2001 12:26:50 PM PDT by Silly
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To: ontariopcer
"All conservatives (I am one too) need to relax. Where's the respect? He was a American President. Does that count for nothing?"

Eventually, perhaps, it will. But not without Bubba doing something positive to resurrect his RQ (Respect Quotient).

Recall that Jimmy Carter left office in semi-disgrace. And Richard Nixon in several multiples of full disgrace. While Clinton didn't depart under similar circumstances, events have conspired to, indeed, reduce him to irrelevance. Contempible irrelevance, in fact.

At the moment, the healthiest attitude toward Clinton is to ignore him. But, for some perverse reason, he won't let us do that. Instead, he insists on injecting himself into the national dialogue. And, because of this, he warrants the dismissive treatment in Deb's column.

If the Schlickmeister would only sit down and shut up, we could safely ignore him. Then, if he figuratively chose to build homes for poor people (instead of, literally, a memorial for himself), we might eventually have the opportunity to re-evaluate and respect him.

Maybe...

31 posted on 10/16/2001 12:26:53 PM PDT by okie01
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To: mombonn
Excerpt: "Right after the attacks, Clinton admitted to a friend that he wished,
for the first time, to be back in the White House.

What a blatant lie - he has HATED every minute of being an IMPEACHED ex-president.
He has NEVER stopped wanting to be back in the WH. Lying piece of trash.

That leaped out at me also. He's always changing his darn story.
He's a chameleon, changing his colors as the environment changes.

32 posted on 10/16/2001 12:27:27 PM PDT by Liz
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To: ontariopcer
To change the old saying a bit...President is as President does. To be respected as a leader of this country you have to earn the respect of the people you serve.

As a conservative, I haven't much liked the Democratic presidents in my lifetime but I have respected all but BS Clinton. There is nothing about him to respect. If he had done what he should have done when he was president, this whole thing wouldn't have happened.

33 posted on 10/16/2001 12:29:21 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Liz
Deb has done it again! A wonderful analysis of "the big creep." I started to add to the discussion, but you're saying everything I'd say, so have it. I'll just read for awhile.
34 posted on 10/16/2001 12:31:04 PM PDT by looscannon
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To: ontariopcer
Slick gets two kinds of disrespect:
1. EARNED, and
2. DESERVED.

Without even discussing his perjury, his sexual harrassment/predatory behavior, his abuse of power, his suborning of perjury, his pathological lying, his sale of White House access, his sale of pardons,,,,
what kind of 'respect' does he deserve--as the first president to turn our nation's highest office, the Oval Office, into his very own PERSONAL MASSAGE PARLOR?

It's obvious to anyone (other than the most blinded Slick apologists) that his sole purpose in life was only his own political and personal 'self-aggrandizement'. I am truly thankful that he is not in office now to further those lofty goals!!!!! I am thankful that we now have as our Commander-in-Chief a good, honorable and decent man--something that will NEVER, EVER be said about Slick!!!

35 posted on 10/16/2001 12:31:11 PM PDT by guy737sw
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To: Liz
Think of the frustration: it must be an especially fiendish kind of torture. What with Americans dead by the thousands, and the nation at war, and mysterious packets of toxins popping up all over the place, and the nation locked in an ominous waiting game, and despite his own best efforts to thrust himself front and center, he really doesn't matter in the least. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.

This is a soul so small God Himself cannot perceive it without a magnifying glass.

The two tastiest bits of a thoroughly delicious essay.

36 posted on 10/16/2001 12:31:33 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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Re: ontariopcer member since October 16th, 2001

Guess that enlightens all of us!

ontariopcer, Go back to Ontario and respect that piece of socialist/commie trash who is posing as your prime minister!

37 posted on 10/16/2001 12:32:07 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: okie01
At the moment, the healthiest attitude toward Clinton is to ignore him. But, for some perverse reason, he won't let us do that. Instead, he insists on injecting himself into the national dialogue. And, because of this, he warrants the dismissive treatment in Deb's column.

If he'd have the grace to let the new President lead, we might be prone to not criticize him at least. But he keep popping up like one of those never-die monsters in a slasher movie. That's why we get paranoid. He won't leave us alone. I keep wanting to say, " Take that sourpuss of yours and go back in your cave."

38 posted on 10/16/2001 12:32:13 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
He's a chameleon, changing his colors as the environment changes

Bill Bennett: "Clinton's virtue and belief are only incidents"

So true.

39 posted on 10/16/2001 12:33:37 PM PDT by Toidylop
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To: looscannon
I started to add to the discussion, but you're saying
everything I'd say, so have it. I'll just read for awhile

I was just about to say what a good writer you are.

40 posted on 10/16/2001 12:34:32 PM PDT by Liz
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To: ontariopcer
>>All conservatives (I am one too) need to relax. Where's the respect? He was a American President. Does that count for nothing?<<

HAHAHAAAHAAA...sniff...HAHAHAHA

I'm sorry, I'm still laughing at that part about you being a conservative.

And in the case of Clinton, no, it counts for nothing.

41 posted on 10/16/2001 12:35:02 PM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: EaglesUpForever
Bill Clintoon has thoroughly earned my abject apathy.
42 posted on 10/16/2001 12:35:13 PM PDT by The_Victor
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To: ontariopcer
Ontario, as in Canada? (just curious)

I have respect for those who earn it (and I do not have to agree with every opinion they may hold). Since 9/11, all I have heard from him was "ME TOO!!" "I did it, too" II tried, but no one would help me." "I coulda done it, but the FBI was too busy investigating me" (Last I heard, he stopped many (most) FBI investigations in their tracks.

He is bloated...in his opinion of himself, in his supposed contribution to the country, in his worth to the world.

He is an ex-president who is trying to be someone important. Well bubba, I have one thing to say....BFD.

43 posted on 10/16/2001 12:35:39 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: ontariopcer
All conservatives (I am one too) need to relax. Where's the respect? He was a American President. Does that count for nothing?

Mussolini ran Italy, and was Il Duce, does that mean he was entitled to respect? Hitler was chancellor of Germany, Stalin was General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Pol Pot was head of the Khmer Rouge - they entitled to respect or our eternal contempt?

The point being, a title does not ennoble a man. A man can ennoble an office, but it is very rare when it is the other way around.

Regards, Ivan

FreeBritannia.co.uk
44 posted on 10/16/2001 12:36:09 PM PDT by MadIvan
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I wish he would just go away. And now we are stuck with his fake wife.

I hope to God his daughter doesn't have political aspirations......

45 posted on 10/16/2001 12:36:13 PM PDT by Liz
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To: ontariopcer
Right. It counts for nothing. What Clinton should be saying is "If I hadn't committed such bad behavior that CAUSED the FBI to investigate to me, things might have been different."
46 posted on 10/16/2001 12:36:23 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Liz
Deb captured much of WJC. It is difficult, for really he is just an empty person. When I see his name in print my mind sees this man(?) in Europe straightening a grave for a photo op. And he is not shy in admitting how shallow and empty he is.

By Liz Smith in New York When asked if he's seeking a movie career in Hollywood, Clinton just laughed and said jokingly, ``I'm looking at scripts right now. I'll do whatever they'll put me in.''

This is Clinton - he has done what anyone anywere has wanted him to do and be. Hillary plays a big roll in this.

Maybe we have now learned character does count.

47 posted on 10/16/2001 12:36:34 PM PDT by malia
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Go do what you did when Congressman Sonny Callahan wanted to discuss the safety of our troops in Bosnia, have an adoring liberal female apply oral sex. It's all you're good for.
49 posted on 10/16/2001 12:37:55 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul
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