Monday, January 29, 2007
Comity, Comity, Uber Alles
Clinton asked Petraeus one of the most important questions. True, it was not a probative question but a request. Clinton wanted Petraeus' assurance that the troops would have everything (equipment, etc) they need to keep them as safe as possible.
What a grandstanding bitch. I mean Broder, not Clinton.
Broder is a dangerous human being.
He adheres to an impossibly opaque, erratic standard of ethics. It involves a mystical belief in what he would call "comity" or "bipartisanship." Pleasant words, of course, but they are rooted in a certain time and place, and depend for their utility on the parties' adherence to certain standards of decency and honesty.
I don't doubt that the Clintons said and did some stuff in the early 1990s that materially contributed to a worse tone in DC.
But the fact is that since 1994, the Democrats have been run by people like Tom Daschle, Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, while the GOP has been run by Grover "bipartisanship is date rape" Norquist, Tom DeLay, Newt Gingrich, Jack Abramoff, Bush-Cheney-Rove, et al.
"Bipartisanship" is a pleasant word, but if one party is totally off its moorings, has totally abandoned policymaking for the permanent campaign, then it does no good.
You can argue that Pres. Clinton was running a permanent campaign, but if so, it was about "triangulation"-- tacking between the two parties.