Bill Clinton and the "blame game"

The former president lays out the philosophical differences between the parties. The GOP fires back.

Published October 19, 2006 1:40PM (EDT)

In a speech in which he explained his views on the philosophical differences between Democrats and Republicans, Bill Clinton said Wednesday that "ideological, divisive, demonizing, distracting politics" may be "good for an election, particularly when people feel unsettled and insecure," but that they don't "do much to advance the common good."

The response from the GOP? You're wrong.

Well, not in so many words, but Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, did tell the Washington Post that it's "not surprising to hear these attacks from a man widely recognized for repeatedly playing the blame game to cover his own mistakes.''

She has an excellent point, of course. After all, it's not like Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert has blamed the Democrats for the Mark Foley scandal. Or that Republican Rep. Curt Weldon has blamed liberals for the influence-peddling investigation he faces. Or that the Republicans have blamed the Clinton administration for not doing more to prevent 9/11, for trashing the economy and for North Korea's testing a nuclear weapon nearly six years into the presidency of one George W. Bush.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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