Sunday, June 12, 2005

The Passion of the Clinton Haters

The New York Times makes for typically frustrating reading today. Again. I am still astonished at the fall it has made from being the paper of record to being a another smirking locus of smart-ass liberalism. Take Alan Ehrenhalt's review of John Harris' "The Survivor:"
MILLIONS of Americans despise Bill Clinton. They have done so since he became a presence in national politics in the early 1990's, and they continue to do so today, more than four years after his retirement from public office.

Hmmm. Well, "millions" seems like rather a sweeping number. And surely the passions of all but the most devout Clinton-haters have cooled into mere residual Clinton-dislike. But I get the basic point.
The passion of the Clinton haters is a phenomenon without equal in recent American politics.

What? Has Ehrenhalt been living in a cave for the past five years? That is a remarkably sweeping assertion, and one so demonstrably false that it is refuted by a cursory Google-search in just 0.05 seconds. [ed -- well, that could be said about more than a few NYT writers.]

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