This kind of thing is all over the place in the press. President Trump’s admittedly over-the-top remarks Tuesday in response to his acquittal in his impeachment trial are being compared to the “dignity” of Bill Clinton’s response to his own acquittal.
Any of us who covered Bill Clinton will recognize the typical fake emotion the man could summon when he needed it. In this case, it the recipe is some contrition mixed with a dash of mournful remorse. Please.
It was pretty much the way he sounded in 1992 when he so sincerely acknowledged to “the American people” that he had caused “pain in my marriage.” Watch it. Exact same tone. Then, of course, he he got right back to work causing “pain in my marriage.”
But what all the journalists peddling the “dignified” Clinton response to his acquittal are leaving out is, this, the defiant political rally Clinton held with Democrats in the Rose Garden after the House had impeachment him.
“We must stop the politics of personal destruction,” he said, going on to accuse Republicans of “poisonous venom” — I know, redundant — “obsessive animosity,” and “uncontrolled anger.”
Clinton and his people fought to vilify the Republicans at every turn for impeaching him. There was nothing dignified about it, until dignity was what Clinton decided would work best for him.