A lot. That’s the subtext I’m taking away from this quote from Bill Clinton’s interview with Obama sycophant Fareed Zakaria on CNN, aside from the boilerplate leftwing bitching (from a guy who ran to the right, on several issues, of George H.W. Bush in ’92, no less):
FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: You’re not worried about the Democratic Party?
BILL CLINTON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: No. We’ve got a lot of good people in the Party. We’ve got a lot of good ideas.
But I think you’ve got to give it the Republicans. They have a much more reliable media base. And they just say no. They know what they want. They want power to cut taxes, eliminate regulations, take government down except for what they like. And they can fill the atmosphere with a lot of static.
When you’re trying to get something done, it requires a much more deft strategy because you have to explain what you’re trying to do, and it’s a little tougher for us.
In the fall of 2006, Bill told John F. Harris, then with the Washington Post, now with Politico, that “There is an expectation among Democrats that establishment old media organizations are de facto allies — and will rebut political accusations and serve as referees on new-media excesses.”
So it must have really stung a year and a half later when those old media organizations he and his wife viewed as “de facto allies” turned around and accused the Clintons of racism* in order to advance the Democrat candidate they much preferred over Hillary.
And could very possibly devour the Clintons once again if a fresh face who’s “clean and neat,” to coin a Biden-esque phrase, “a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views,” ”an exotic who says nothing,” to coin a couple of others, shows up to take on someone who carries as much baggage to exploit as Hillary does.
* Which was nothing compared to the drubbing that Hillary received in some of the fever swamp regions of the leftwing media back then.