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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bill Clinton -- tip-toeing through a minefield

You just have to love how this guy operates. I mean, he's slick with his ability to lie with ease. But he's not quite so smart when it comes to making those statements BEFORE he whitewashes his previous record. Captain Ed picks up on the meme floating through the 'Sphere today regarding Bill Clinton's statements on his support/non-support for the invasion of Iraq. From ABC News:

Former President Bill Clinton portrayed himself as having been against the Iraq war "from the beginning" while campaigning Tuesday for his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, in Iowa.

"Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning," said Clinton, "I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers."

Clinton has long been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and called it a "big mistake" as far back as November of 2005.

Um, that's not what his own official statement says, in his own official records going back to 2003: [13th paragraph into his address -- ed. note]

I supported the President when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I have strongly supported the efforts in Afghanistan and I would be happy if they would send more troops there because that’s where the real problem is.

Captain Ed has more quotes that show the man is lying, but the question that should be on everyone's mind shouldn't be why he's lying, but rather how will this affect Hillary. See, she needs Bill on the trail with her because, unlike the dead fish she is, he's charismatic and likable. He knows how to read people, and speak to them. Hillary is demanding, and she tends to be condescending and shrill in her campaign stops.

But will this play in Peoria? After all, she has stood behind her vote for the AUMF, and has repeatedly stated she didn't change her mind until the president started to botch things. Today though, we don't see a botched mission. We see success. I cite the breakdown in today's Weekly Standard blog to the new Pew poll showing that shift in opinions regarding efforts in Iraq. This is almost like they're both trying to play both sides of the issue, and I don't think will play well, especially if political commentators start calling him on this. Could we see another Clinton/Wallace-esque smackdown where Bill loses his cool again in a vain effort to rewrite history? Doubtful. Like the Democrat candidates that ran away from a FOX News sponsored debate, Bill's not likely to open himself up to tough questions about his past statements.

His statements don't jive with his wife's political stances, especially with regard to Iraq. I think he may have just cost his wife in the polls. Granted, he's not technically a reflection of Hillary, but I'm sure that she can't necessarily spin her way out of the web of lies he's peddling this time around.

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