Check out Bill Conason’s piece in Salon.com: “Like a seasonal flu, the verbal virus that is sometimes called Clinton derangement syndrome has struck again, beginning only moments after the 42nd president of the United States appeared on television screens around the world with the two journalists he had helped to rescue from prison in North Korea. And like certain viruses, the syndrome tends to hit hardest among a very specific segment of the population. Most Americans appear to be immune most of the time, as do the majority of human beings on the planet, so this pathology will probably never become a global pandemic.” One needn’t be a big fan of Bill Clinton to have the courtesy and decency to give credit–how much is unknowable at this point–where credit is due. Moreover, the reactions of the likes of Pat Buchanan and John Bolton are ideological views unaccompanied by even a scintilla of empirical evidence. That’s the radical Right’s job, isn’t. React negatively no matter how preposterous the reactions are. I suppose during these hard times it’s good work if you can get it.
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