In all the hollering Bill Clinton started when he showed his roughneck followers how to fight dirty in his interview with Chris Wallace, there has been some conspicuous trifling with the facts by FOBs, friends of Bill, including one from his best friend — his wife — who already has a campaign chair for her presidential campaign when she hasn't even announced she is actually running.
Look at a couple quotes, and you decide.
Quote No. 1, Hillary Clinton today:
"I'm certain, if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled, 'Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States' he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team."
Well, he was shown that.
Quote No. 2, a presidential daily brief sent to president Bill Clinton December 4, 1998, just about three years before bin Laden attacked on 9/11:
"Bin Laden and his allies are preparing attacks in the U.S., including aircraft hijacking..."
Will Hillary now correct the record and apologize for misstating the facts? No, she won't.
That's because the Democrats have figured it out. The wussiness of the Gore campaign and the Kerry campaign are now officially out. We're back to the old days of brass-knuckle Clinton fighters. Damn the facts, just come out slugging. Politics under Clinton rules is offense, offense, offense. Don't get caught up in the details of what is true and what is not. Just get up a good head of steam, turn purple with rage and attack.
Chris Wallace is the wrong guy to go after. He's a straight arrow who is a veteran of both NBC News and ABC News, yet for the offense of a question he is under the slimiest of attacks. It is an outrage, but it has now been sanctioned as perfectly OK in this bare-knuckles brawl designed to fire up Democrat voters and put historians on notice that Bill Clinton will fight any judgment that he was lacking in his war against bin Laden.
And who is the devil these fightin' Dems want to go after? FOX News, of all things.
Barbara Boxer, the esteemed senator of California, was rude to Jane Skinner on the air today. Yesterday, Lanny Davis felt he had to attack me, personally, to defend Bill Clinton.
Hey, I can take it. FOX can take it. The public should just be warned. This is what the run-up to the election is going to look like. Blame, scapegoat and divert.
The Clinton team is back on the field. The games have begun.
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