It seems to me that if you cheer over Clinton's disproportionate response to Wallace's question, you can't really complain about Israel's response to Hezbollah being disproportionate. And there are a lot of similarities, including the possibility that Clinton was justified in his anger if not his facts. OK, a remote posibility, but still ...
Columnist Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle -- not a bastion of conservative smirking -- wrote a marvelous column today, exploring what a difference a decade makes for Democrats:
"THE SMIRK is the new angry. Remember the '90s, which Dems spent putting down 'angry white men?' Now the Dems are angry. They've been hopping mad for six years. Sunday, their biggest star, former President Bill Clinton, embraced his angry side during a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace, as he turned his ire to the new target of Democratic sensibilities, the smirk.
"Since 1999, Dems have been dreaming about wiping the smirk off President Bush's face. Sunday, Clinton expanded the smirk zone when he chided Wallace for having 'that little smirk on your face and you think you're so clever.' ...
"Bubba looked silly dismissing Wallace, his 'nice little conservative hit job on me' and the Fox News network as conservative tools. Sorry, Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch donated $500,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative last week and hosted a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton this summer. ..."
My mind conjures an image of Clinton looking us in the eye and wagging his finger at America, saying, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman ..." only this time he's saying, "I did everything I in my power to get Osama." Plainly and simply, Clinton has a proven track record of fudging the truth in his own interest.
By the same token, I don't mind Fox News being called on its openly conservative leanings. Chris Wallace is a good journalist, even if his network lets its conservative slip show with regularity. It simply isn't lady-like. Wallace's question was appropriate; Clinton's response was understandably pissy ... but unstatesmanlike and unhelpful to a nation trying to sort out a complex pickle.
And Clinton's response shows that neither the Right nor the Left has a corner on the Market of Mistakes and Mendacity. I truly believe Bill Clinton would have taken a clear shot at Osama, but only if it was clear and there would be no political repercussions for him; I also believe that George Bush would take a shot at Osama that wasn't so clear and damn the repercussions. Both have American interests at heart, but will ultimately be carried away on a gurney of their own hubris and ego.