I disagreed with many things President Clinton did, but while much of his triangulating was for political benefit, it sometimes made him appear to be fairly moderate. He was a pragmatic politician, and despite his liberal leanings, he often went with the moderate move because it was the smart move.
President Clinton would have condemned this ad.
But not Hillary Clinton. She could do it. She’s opened up a big enough lead over Senator Barack Obama that she could now turn on parts of the left to portray herself as moderate to Middle America. MoveOn.org is such a rabidly extremist organization that it would be politically smart for her to publicly break with them.
But she will not. Senator Clinton has gone so far to the left, she is so committed to the priorities of the blame-America-first, anti-military extremist fringe, that she cannot bring herself to denounce even a vicious attack piece against a heroic soldier. Even when she could hide behind Speaker Pelosi’s comments and has full political cover, she refuses.
This is the man she voted to send to Iraq just earlier this year, when everyone was singing his praise. Now she calls him a liar, and defends those who call him a traitor.
I thought she would be smarter than this. Senator Clinton has done more damage to herself than she knows. She has distanced herself from what her husband would do, and from Middle America, going to the left of many prominent liberals to join forces with radicals.
Senator Clinton expects Americans to believe that she is as centrist as her husband appeared to be while running to the left of Speaker Pelosi, Senator Kerry and General Clark to attack our commanding general and defend an extremist, ultra-left group.
Yet she wants us to believe she’s moderate. Believing that now would require the willing suspension of disbelief.