December 17, 2007
In a previous post, I described Hillary Clinton having "no scruples or ideals whatsoever."
What I said cannot be overstressed, and it is shocking to me how much people have forgotten about recent American history.
In a mini-history lesson on Clintonism, Diana West argues that not only is the "Clinton crime family" back, but something is missing in the coverage:
That something is their past -- the Clinton past of political malfeasance and corruption. I'm not just talking about Bill's impeachment, although that's part of it, what with Hillary's never-revised contention that "a vast right-wing conspiracy" was behind all her husband's political travails. But I refer also to the commonplace lies and routine treachery the American people were confronted with, subjected to and degraded by over two Clinton terms. In other words, the Clinton past is our past as well -- the history of every American who lived through those years. And it has gone missing. To behold this presidential election cycle, it seems as if the entire nation has metaphorically put their Clinton libraries in their attics.Read it all.
I keep talking about Clinton nostalgia. But what about Clinton amnesia?
Seriously, why is it that Hillary Clinton is so exempt from media scrutiny, as if the past is erased, or does not matter? It seems that unanswered questions from the past never need to be answered, as if all is forgiven.
Is that it? Did a group of holy media figures get together and give Hillary Clinton absolution, and then say "Ego te absolvo"?
I have to admit, from a purely Machiavellian standpoint it has to be admitted that the Clintons' one-two punch is very effective. If media access to Hillary is limited, it hardly seems fair to blame them for not asking questions -- even if they'll never be answered.
I pity the big guys in the media. It must be very frustrating not to be allowed to ask the questions that would never be answered anyway.
(And if you think it's tough to ask questions about the past, look at all the trouble Tim Russert got into for asking about the present.)
I'm a little concerned about another detail. Is "amnesia" really the right word for what's going on here? Can there be such a thing as coerced amnesia? Or should it be called something else?
posted by Eric on 12.17.07 at 12:00 PM
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