I do wish that people would stop with the inept political analogies. I don’t think it is off the mark to suggest that Godwin’s Lawâ€”the first person in an argument to analogize in some fashion to Hitler loses the argumentâ€”can extend to other attempted historical analogies. Like McCarthy, for instance.
A top foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama compared former President Bill Clinton’s remarks seeming to question Obama’s patriotism to those made by Joseph McCarthy. “It sounds more like McCarthy,” retired four-star General Merrill “Tony” McPeak, who also is a campaign co-chair, said after a rally today in Salem, Oregon.
This is a bit off the mark regarding what Clinton said.
“I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country,” said the former president. “And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”
I don’t honestly believe Clinton meant to insinuate that Barack Obama was an America-hating communist working to infiltrate the upper echelons of the Untied States government. I think there’s something regrettable in what he said, but I don’t think it was an “exhuming mccarthy” moment. (You have to love an excuse reference one of the finest rock bands ever.)
The problematic portion of it: When did Bill and Hillary Clinton begin campaigning for John McWeirdsmile?
I know their intended goal is to frame McWeirdsmile and she as the presumptive frontrunners, even though she is clearly not. But the net effect is that Bill Clinton is on a stage with a microphone saying that John McWeirdsmile is a wonderful American.
It ain’t the first time, either. Remember this?
“I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”
Instead of hitting Senator John Weirdsmile while he’s unifying his party, raising money, and digging in his heels, the Clinton campaign is, unbelievably, campaigning for Senator John McWeirdsmile. And, as an added bonus, every time they do stump for the presumptive Republigoat nominee, who is very very old, they further alienate those of us who have given our support to the man from Illinois. I keep saying that if I had Hillary Clinton in front of me, I’d ask her, Hillary, if you do happen to get the nomination, won’t you need my vote, too?
If she does, I would like to suggest that she and her husband need to stop stumping for the Republigoat. All it does is argue for Ralph Nader’s assertion that there is not actually a difference between the parties.