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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Clinton Crack-Up

My first entry in the Readers In Thongs The Amazing Page Race reading challenge is The Clinton Crack-Up by R Emmett Tyrrell Jr. This book, excluding the Appendix, Notes, and Index is 235 pages.

I thought now, in view of Hillary Clinton's bid for the 2008 Presidential Democratic nomination, might be a good time to review the co-president's past behavior in the White House. I also thought it would be a good idea to find out, given the fact that a person's spouse goes along for the presidential ride, just what Bill Clinton has been up to since he left the White House in 2001.

From all I've seen and heard in the media, the Clintons would very much like the American people to forget their scandal plagued years in the White House in favor of a rewritten past in which the Clinton presidency was tarnished only by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy's attempt to oust them from their elected position.

Granted, R Emmett Tyrrell Jr is not an unbiased observer, but simply because a conservative critiques the behavior of a liberal, that doesn't mean the conservative's information is unreliable. Tyrrell cites source after source providing back up to the statements he makes in this book. Besides that, anyone who remembers anything from the Clinton years will recognize events as having taken place as Tyrrell describes them.

For me, the bottom line and the main reason for reading this book is, do we want another 4 - 8 more years of the Clintons in the White House? With any of the other candidates running for the nomination in 2008, how they conduct themselves in the office of POTUS is unknown.

This is not the case with the Clintons. We know, for example, how they treat the White House staff and the Secret Service agents charged with protecting them. We have a special prosecutor's report to reference for the amount of respect the Clinton's showed for the White House and, in particular, the Oval Office. We have example after example of the Clintons' documented lies and spinning of the truth. And last, but certainly not least, we have examples of the Clinton abuse of power as shown by Bubba's Pardongate debacle.

In my opinion sending the Clintons back to the White House for 5 more minutes would be a travesty. It is beyond the scope of the English language for me to describe what 4 more years of them would be like. If you need proof or persuasion on whether to support Hillary Clinton for President in 2008, then I highly recommend this book.

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