Ed Gillespie admits: Bill Clinton "didn't murder anyone"

By Joan Walsh
January 20, 2004 5:18AM (UTC)
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New Republican talking points: It's OK to admit some conservatives went a little crazy savaging President Clinton -- in order to make the point that President Bush's critics are even crazier. We've seen it in New York Times columnist David Brooks' tsk-tsking columns and TV appearances lamenting the extremes of Clinton and Bush "hate." Now comes Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie, who admits "Bill Clinton did a lot of bad things, but he didn't murder anyone," in an extraordinary conversation with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But Gillespie blames GOP "fringe" elements for spreading the ugliest stories about Clinton, while he insists mainstream Democrats are the ones saying the worst things about Bush -- and he cites Rep. Dick Gephardt calling the president "a miserable failure" as a key example. Leave it to Gillespie to equate "failure" and "murder," but the GOP spin will likely get repeated by right-wing pundits and find its way into stories by lazy mainstream reporters any minute now. Tick, tick, tick...

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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