The disarray on the left is stunning. Who would ever have imagined that NPR would fire long time contributor Juan Williams, and that it would be done with such ugliness. To paraphrase our president, I think we can safely say, now that the facts are in, that NPR executives acted stupidly.
It's an understatement, I know. Stupid doesn't begin to describe the smirking Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR, who publicly announced that the sentiments Williams expressed to Bill O'Reilly should have remained between him and "his psychiatrist or his publicist."
Wow! Isn't it funny how we keep hearing progressives offering up psychological projection when they they talk about their enemies? They do it all the time. When Obama made the inane comment that "we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," he thought he was talking about Tea Party voters. What a riot! The fear and horror is over there on the left, and the Williams fiasco at NPR is the latest sign of it.
But the true depth of their terror might better be gauged by looking at our two most recent former presidents. Years ago we expected our ex-presidents to gracefully and graciously retire from politics once they left office. The job is hard enough for the new guy without the added pressure of the former second guessing every move. Fortunately for Barack Obama, George W. Bush holds with the traditional role for former presidents. He's staying out of politics.
"I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight," Bush said. "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor.
But we have a new model. Unlike Bush, Bill Clinton is back on the campaign trail. Why? Because the Democrats are desperate. Congressional seats are in jeopardy, so Democrats are pulling out all the stops in a desperate bid to hang on.
Over the past two weeks, Clinton has had one day off, Saturday, which he spent in Northern California with his close friend Terry McAuliffe. The two stayed up late, playing cards and drafting new talking points for Democrats to trot out on the trail.
As the meltdown continues, and lefty stupidity and viciousness surfaces with greater and greater frequency, could there be anything that speaks louder of the Democrats' desperation than the presence fo Bill Clinton on the campaign trail? It's unseemly. It speaks to his unquenched thirst for for power. That is, after all, what the Democrats are all about.