The Clinton presidency actually coincided with a decent era in American history, especially compared to the last 10 years of reckless governance. The post-1994 Clinton period was particularly good – because Clinton was chastened by the 1994 election, had to deal with a Republican Congress, or both. Indeed, one might argue that once HillaryCare went down to defeat, Clinton got to be the New Democrat he actually wanted to be. And our country benefitted from it.
Of course, it was not ideal given my own classical liberal standards. And at the time, I didn’t realize how good we had it. But think about how bad the occupants of the executive branch have been over the last 100 years! Most of our worst presidents have come from this period: Wilson, Hoover, “That Man in the White House,” Johnson, Nixon, Bush II, and Obama. All men of system who expanded the power of the government (and the executive) at the expense of individual liberty.
So, I’m clearly not in the full-on (Bill) Clinton-hater club.
But isn’t it amazing how trouble and charges of corruption seem to follow this man? He keeps getting pulled back into controversies (the Sestak issue for those not following the news) like Michael Corleone kept being pulled back into the life of crime.
Maybe this time it wasn’t all that bad. But it is funny how ole Bubba pops up when the things start to get mucky.