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Bubba, Don’t Sista Souljah Us

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Oh Bubba, what were you thinking?  Our lunch…it was so beautiful…are we being "Sistah Souljah'd" already?

Former President Bill Clinton yesterday complained that "it’s just not fair" the way his wife, presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), is being depicted for her controversial Iraq war vote.

Speaking to hundreds of supporters on conference call, the former president said, "I don’t have a problem with anything Barack Obama [has] said on this," but "to characterize Hillary and Obama’s positions on the war as polar opposites is ludicrous.

"This dichotomy that’s been set up to allow him to become the raging hero of the anti-war crowd on the Internet is just factually inaccurate."

I don't know if Bill quite understands that much of the netroots hostility the Clintons generate is the result of his trashing of Ned Lamont on Larry King.  Nobody really doubts that he saved Lieberman in order to protect Hillary's war voting record and keep the heat off of her.  Perhaps he doesn't even care.  But the fact is that Hillary has yet to take a real leadership position in challenging this president — has she ever really challenged this administration on its abuse of power in a meaningful way?  We saw how pissy the Boy King became today when Nancy Pelosi got under his skin.  He clearly doesn't like it when women publicly spank him.  If Hillary ever chose to do likewise, I'm sure we'd hear about it.

In additon, her continued statements about "maintaining a military presence" in Iraq, or showing up at an AIPAC luncheon to say things like this

"U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons.  In dealing with this threat … no option can be taken off the table."

…make people who don't like the prospect of war with Iran feel really, really hinky.  

But it does raise the question — who exactly is Bill trying to cozy up to with these comments?  Was this some kind of dog whistle signal to specific donors before the filing deadline to help his boy Terry McCaulliff rake in some key sector of cash?

Enquiring minds, Bubba.  Enquiring minds. 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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