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Posted on 04/17/2003 5:39:03 PM PDT by barker
Gingrich: Clinton Suffers From 'Victory Envy'
Ex-President Bill Clinton can't resist criticizing President Bush almost every chance he gets because he's suffering from an acute case of "victory envy."
So says former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who discussed the phenomenon of the continually carping ex-president Wednesday with nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity.
"President Clinton suffers from a very bad case of victory envy," the one-time top Republican contended, before defining the term.
"Victory envy is when you're a loser and you didn't have any victories and now you see a guy who did it for real. And you realize that after all your puny Tomahawk missiles and your puny midnight or 2 a.m. attacks on the information building - I mean, all the different pathetic things that President Clinton did in foreign policy - suddenly you see what a real commander-in-chief and a real president is like."
"I think President Clinton can't take it," Gingrich explained. "I think he's being so critical and so harsh because it drives him a little nutty to see what a real commander-in-chief who really understands the presidency and who's really prepared to stand up and defend America is doing."
The architect of the GOP's 1994 congressional takeover differentiated between recent criticism of Bush leveled by ex-President Carter and Clinton's running commentary from the sidelines.
"Carter has consistently been for weakness and ineffectiveness in foreign policy his whole career," he told Hannity. "But there is some integrity there."
For Clinton, the former Speaker contended, "it's personal."
"He failed. He didn't get the job done. He didn't get rid of Saddam. He didn't get rid of bin Laden," Gingrich noted. "George W. Bush is doing the job and I think that it drives Bill Clinton nuts to see the difference between his performance and President Bush."
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So simple and so true. I miss Newt
Carter has consistently been for weakness and ineffectiveness in foreign policy his whole career," he told Hannity. "But there is some integrity there
In my view, Carter is the same as Clinton. I believe it is also personal with Carter...he is jealous just as Clinton is. They are 2 peas in a pod.
If I were O'Reilly I'd ask Ms. Huffington how many men, other than her ex-husband she has turned queer.
Clinton didn't accomplish *any* of his own goals (gays open in military, nationalizing health care, internationalizing U.S. law via Kyoto Global Warming Treaty and ICC, etc.).
Whenever I'm around a group of liberals who are gushing about Clinton, I always ask them the same simple question: Can you name one Clinton *policy* that he ever push through in his 8 years.
They *never* answer, other than to stutter about how great they thought the economy was doing back under Clinton.
I mean really, what did Clinton ever do/accomplish that made any positive difference in anyone's life (save a few scandalous pardons to some rich low-lifes)?
In contrast, President Bush has pushed through the *largest* Dollar value tax cut in the history of the world, killed the Kyoto Treaty, pulled the U.S. out of the ICC (a court that would be trying U.S. soldiers today for their unauthorized combat in Iraq had we signed and ratified that treaty), cleansed Afghanistan of any overt Taliban and al-qaeda leadership, cleansed Iraq of Hussein and Ba'athist Socialist Party leadership, as well as a host of other achievements.
And President Bush has only been in office for two years, not eight.
So yes, it is absolutely true that Clinton is jealous. Bush is a do-er. He is one who accomplishes things rather than spending his precious time in office doing frivolous baby-boomer style activities.
Clinton wasn't punctual and certainly wasn't professional. His staffers wore blue-jeans in the West Wing, ate out of cardboard pizza boxes, and made foreign dignataries sit and wait while Clinton assed-off in other rooms rather than meeting them on time.
But Clinton's frat party is over. Today's White House is all business, and all business gets done.
I'd like to him in the Senate, Zell is retiring.
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