Now, liberal America is awakening to the “Clinton issues“ for the very first time. It began with Ted Kennedy’s hastily arranged endorsement of Barack Obama at a campaign “rally” back last December, wherein “Uncle Ted” seemed to convey the message “you two don’t own this party…” Then there was Obama, after having been berated and ridiculed for weeks by the former President, sheepishly admitting in January that “I feel like I’m running against both Clintons” (gosh, ya think? Have Hillary and Bill ever passed-up an opportunity to use each other for political gain?).
Three days ago, former California legislator and noted liberal activist Tom Hayden published an editorial entitled “Why Hillary Makes My Wife Scream,” wherein he lamented Hillary’s “hawkish” stance on the war in Iraq, and her nasty campaign tactics. “It is abundantly clear,” he wrote, “that the Clintons… are trying… to so damage Barack Obama that he will be perceived as "unelectable.." He also registered his dismay for the “carnivore” behavior of Clinton flacks James Carville, Lanny Davis and Howard Wolfson.
A day later, Congressman James Clyburn, the highest ranking Black in the U.S. House of Representatives, described Hillary’s campaign behavior as “scurrilous” and “disingenuous,” and theorized that Hillary’s objective now is to insure Obama’s defeat in November, and thereby allow herself a second opportunity to run for President in 2012.
The timing of this new-found moral indignation is interesting, to say the least. Apparently it was easy - - or at least easier - - for Democrats to ignore the Clintons’ selfish, nasty, destructive behavior back in the 90’s, when they could pacify themselves by scapegoating conservative talk radio; or when they could rationalize that it was ONLY national security being compromised with a little Chinese money laundering; or when it was MERELY one “immature” intern being destroyed by the Clinton cronies.
Now things are different. One of their own, one of the Democratic Party’s perceived best and brightest, is the target of the Clintons’ venom, and with each strike against Obama the wellbeing of the entire party is threatened.
But if the Clintons’ behavior is now suddenly problematic, the Democratic Party shares culpability for it. Since 1992, Democrats have been collectively behaving like the classic “codependent spouse,” ignoring the public embarrassments and gross injustices of the abusive husband (both Hillary and Bill), making excuses for the assaults, and enabling the abuse to continue. And just as the Clintons gave up the Lincoln bedroom in exchange for campaign cash, Democrats long ago swapped their integrity for “success” at the polling booth.
I’m glad some Democrats have finally begun to feel outraged over the Clintons’ abusiveness. But now its time to divorce themselves from it.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.