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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 02:34 AM
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18. I think a lot of the party was disappointed in his Presidency
NAFTA, DADT, DOMA, welfare gutting... er... reform, losing both chambers of Congress, the feel-good but do-nothing-except-piss-people-off AWB, and the relentless, relentless nudging of the party to the right. The relentless expansion of globalization and the utter marginalization of those of us who were trying to warn about its dark side (which turns out to be pretty much all of it). A soaring stock market when real wages were stagnant. Obviously I hate what the right-wing attack machine did, but I also didn't like the Carville/Morris governance-as-perpetual-campaigning mode. When I look back at 1990's politics I'm forced to compare it to the Battle of Verdun and it doesn't make me less of a Democrat to wonder if there's not a better way.

It was nowhere near as bad as *'s administration, but that's not saying much, is it? Nader was wrong to say there's no difference in the parties (which was why I voted for Gore), but his message only got traction because the previous 8 years had seen the Democratic party move so far to the right.

On a personal level, I love and admire the guy*, and obviously he did a lot better than GHWB or Dole would have, but the 1990's were hardly a good time for liberalism in this country.

* but, yes, my respect for him went down a lot when he lied about the affair with Lewinsky. It just did, and I don't feel any need to apologize for that, and I don't feel like it makes me less of a Democrat. I feel like he squandered a lot of opportunities.
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