I know the primary purpose of the Internet is to piss off one another, but we should not assume that every post is intended to accomplish that task. I suspect that this was intended to be one of those rare non-inflamatory posts. In his own satirical manner, Matt points out one of the primary challenges facing the Democratic Party: how to denounce the failings of your party's most popular recent president while still embracing his accomplishments. It is a problem many of us in the Republican Party face with Ronald Reagan. While he was directly responsible for pulling us out of the Carter recession and causing the fall of the Soviet Union, he also failed to control spending which led to massive deficits. In addition, he sold arms to Iran in contravention of American law and diverted the proceeds to the Nicaraguan Contras in violation of yet another law. While I am convinced that his motives were good (opposing Communism in Central America while promoting moderate opposition parties in Iran), his methods were, ultimately, illegal. We as Republicans must be willing to accept this.
At the same time, Democrats must be willing to accept Clinton's failures while embracing his strengths. He presided over the longest and largest economic expansion in American history (while we may argue about who caused it, it cannot be disputed that Clinton did nothing to screw it up--no small feat). In addition, he took important steps such as reforming welfare and reducing the deficit. But just as Republicans must recognize Reagan's missteps, so too must Democrats recognize Clinton's. Clinton was the first president in 130 years to be impeached--not for having an affair with a woman 4 years older than his daughter, and not as a result of a vast right-wing conspiracy. He was impeached for committing perjury in a deposition during the course of a federal lawsuit in which he was charged with gender discrimination (hostile work environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment) in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He governed not through adherence to promises or ideology, but rather through the application of public opinion polls. He may have accepted bribes in which the quo was the pardon of America's greatest tax cheat ever. Most importantly, he engaged in campaign finance abuses which have greatly weakened the confidence of the American public in the integrity of our democratic system.
Democrats must come to grips with these and other failures of the past administration. The more they deny them, the more Democrats will be marginalized by a public that recognizes these failures while happily accepting the bounty of a good economy. Matt D, while satarizing Democrats who apologize for every Clinton failure (he was only lying about sex, everybody accepts money from the Chinese, and the rest), cleaverly demonstrates the repulsion that the majority of Americans feel when they hear these ridiculous excuses. Good show, Matt!