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gop clinton vendetta

Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Adam Eran, who commented on the article by Unai Montes Irueste, "For the GOP, Kavanaugh Was All About Bill and Hillary."

Exactly wrong: “Bill and Hillary Clinton were tough enough, mean enough, cynical enough, and ruthless enough to take on the best fighters the Republicans had to offer a generation ago, and win.”

I’ll buy “cynical,” but winning a fight? What winning? They lay down and let the Republicans have what they wanted.

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Bill was responsible for ending “welfare as we know it,” a project Republicans had been unsuccessfully trying for more than a generation. As a result, a half million adults lost food stamps. He also deregulated Wall Street, colluding with a Republican congress to enable the frauds and malfeasance that led to the Great Recession. He even had a deal with Newt Gingrich to privatize Social Security–remember, this is before the Great Recession’s market crash–thank the gods that Monica Lewinsky put an end to that.

Honestly, this “we Democrats were the good guys, while the Republicans were bad, very bad” narrative doesn’t wash. It doesn’t pass the sniff test.

Then there’s Barack Obama, who not only didn’t prosecute the war crimes of Bush / Cheney, he promoted the torturers and prosecuted the whistleblowers. His response to Wall Street’s frauds was so supine that Democratic loyalists like Phil Angiledes, who chaired the commission inquiring into it confessed he was shocked that the Obama administration did so little. For the previous biggest-ever bank scandal (the Savings & Loans), Reagan / Bush 41 regulators filed 30,000+ referrals for criminal prosecution and prosecuted 1200+ cases with a 90% conviction rate, getting big fish (e.g. Charles Keating) too. The sub-prime/derivatives scandal was 70 times bigger, by a wide margin the biggest financial scandal in U.S, if not world history. How many referrals for criminal prosecution from the Obama regulators? Zero. Prosecutions? About a dozen, all small fish.

Honestly, this “we Democrats were the good guys, while the Republicans were bad, very bad” narrative doesn’t wash. It doesn’t pass the sniff test. It’s just more of the same, in the service of the same plutocracy that owns and runs the Country. Until the Democrats change their behavior they deserve nothing but the kind of contempt they appear to reserve for Trump. Trump is a bigot, yes, but Obama tripled his predecessor’s deportations. And Trump is a sexual predator…but what has he done that JFK didn’t do?

The Democrats had both houses of congress, and Obama had a mandate to be FDR. He chose, instead, to be Caspar Milquetoast, failing to pass even labor’s “Card Check” legislation, and succeeding to pass a Republican health care plan we now call “Obamacare.” Ironic, no?

The Republicans haven’t settled a score, they’re just more extreme in pursuing the same goals Clintons and Obama pursued.