Bill Clinton’s Best Argument

Bill Clinton tonight made what may be the most important argument why not to vote for Obama. Going back to the 2004 election, I always felt that John Kerry never made the one winning argument for his election: a Republican Congress and an Republican President at the same time are a bad idea. Well, the same goes for a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President. Clinton stepped into it when he declared:

“… [McCain] still embraces the extreme philosophy which has defined his party for more than 25 years, a philosophy we never had a real chance to see in action until 2001, when the Republicans finally gained control of both the White House and Congress. Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades were implemented.”

I think the same argument applies this year to Obama. The last time we had a Democratically controlled Congress and White House was during the first two years of Clinton’s Presidency, two years that brought the fastest possible demise of Democratic power in Congress. The previous time was the Presidency of Jimmy Carter, the biggest disaster in American history. Revising Clinton’s line to reflect Obama’s candidacy yield a most powerful argument:

“Obama still embraces the extreme philosophy which has defined his party for more than 25 years, a philosophy we rarely had a real chance to see in action, but if the Democrats finally gain control of both the White House and Congress, then we will see what will happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades are implemented.”

Sounds about right.

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