…the Clinton years featured their own government shutdowns, one of which was longer than the recent closure, along with such polarizing doings as his impeachment hearings. But either things now are so much worse, or hindsight has sufficiently colored the memory, that Clinton can recast those days as a heyday of mutual respect and comity
art: drawing by Richard Powell
…[the current] structure also blocks any would-be “New Republicans” such as Chris Christie from gaining the kind of power inside the party that a New Democrat like Bill Clinton received in 1992. The only way they’d be able to attract a following inside the Party would be to commit themselves to policies they’d have to abandon immediately upon getting nominated, as Mitt Romney did with disastrous results.
The anonymous person who filmed the [47%] tape turns out to a bartender with a local catering company who is coming forward now that the election is over. He’ll reveal his identity tomorrow in a hour-long interview on the Ed Show on MSNBC, but in an interview…Tuesday night, he suggested that he was disappointed that Romney never thanked the wait staff, as Bill Clinton had years before at a different event the same bartender happened to staff.
wow. bold, ours. so just basic respect and manners. more.
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