Remember when Bill Clinton told the New York Times that he was going to “tear off Tom DeLay’s head and shit down his neck”? Yeah. I don’t either. But Jonah Goldberg (pudgy momma’s boy…”astute observer of contemporary life”? Yeah, that Jonah) thinks that if the President doesn’t say anything, well, he can’t be responsible for anything that his people do, and besides Bill Clinton did it, even when he didn’t.
I hear Bush’s critics saying that President Bush has violated his promise to change the tone in Washington. I agree that the tone hasn’t changed too much, and frankly I don’t care. But I don’t really see how Bush is up for much criticism on this score. Consider his statement yesterday when asked about O’Neill’s allegations. He said, “I appreciate former Secretary O’Neill’s service to our country. We worked together during some difficult times,” Bush said. “We worked together when the country was in recession, and now we’re coming out of recession, which is positive news. We worked together when America was attacked on Sept. 11, which changed how I viewed the world.” This is hardly the sort of destroy the accuser politics of the previous administration, now is it?