Former President Bill Clinton was on CNN last night calling a Republican party move as he saw it. I admire a person who has the courage to take a public stance and say what he or she feels needs to be said and does so intelligently. So when Clinton pointed out what he called “feigned outrage” over moveon.org’s Petraeus ad saying that it was disingenuous that the same folks in the republican party who became indignant are the ones that sought to smear the patriotism of war vetrans like Max Cleland, John Kerry, and John McCain. The most insidious instance of the three being the portrayal of Cleland with Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. Let’s not forget also that it was members of the Republican party who gave us the term swiftboating.
A CNN.com article about beach laws in New Jersey had this gem
“I can’t fathom what the thought process was behind that one,” said Mayor Adam Schneider, who did not know the law existed until a reporter questioned him on it. “…I just hope I don’t get embarrassed and find out I voted for it in the past.”
He isn’t the only politician who has this kind of worried moment. It tells us that he: A) doesn’t take what he votes on very seriously, B) is more worried about looking (even more) silly than about the content of the laws he’s voting on.
What does it say that this is the state of American Politics?