Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Partisanship "Good!"

Michael Wolff describes an Aspen confab in which Bill Clinton apparently endorsed my position that the Democrats need to be more partisan:
This turned out to be the pivotal moment of the conference—even the primal one. When Clinton took questions, a young man from a technology company who identified himself as chairman of Bush-Cheney 2004 in California said he was offended by Clinton’s partisanship. To which Clinton, without hesitation, and with some kind of predatory gleam in his eye, said, “Good!” From there, Clinton went on, with emotion and anger, at a level seemingly foreign to most everyone here, to rip to shreds the motives, values, and legitimacy of the Republicans.
I would have loved to have seen the look on the "young man" when Clinton gave his one syllable response. You can bet the man, fresh out of his training for Young Republican Activisists, was shocked to encounter a Democrat who wasn't afraid to be called partisan. "But, they told me that Democrats always cower when you call them partisan! Damn that Clinton for not following the rules!" Apparently several others at the confab, including Democrats, were shocked at Clinton's response. Which just proves that we have a long way to go in the campaign to de-program the Democratic establishment.

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