Bill Clinton is back in the news working on his Global Initiative. He was on the Daily Show the other night, then Olbermann, and tomorrow on Fox News (evidently) he gives Chris Wallace a pretty good lecture on the Unfair and Unbalanced Faux news approach. The transcript suggests he very clearly defends his administration's efforts to catch Bin Laden.
Anyway, his response and approach to politics is so sorely missed. I know all the problems with the man. I know how embarrassed I was when his sexual infidelity became the news. I know how frustrated I was when he made compromises that I thought undermined the progressive movement. But he very rarely tried to divide us. He very rarely tried to scare us.
We have been talking about the Bush administration's approach to politics and governing. I think even honest Repubs would concede that Bush likes to scare us. That is part of his approach. There is an abusive tendency there--one that uses intimidation, undermines confidence, emphaiszes divisiveness, questions loyalty, and above all, relies on fear to control people. Perhaps we should not be surprised when they actualy favor physical abuse and violence as a solution to problems.