At townhall.com, R. Emmett Tyrrell thinks he has the prescription for a winning Obama campaign:
Obama introduced two themes, both closely related. He asseverated that the Clintons represent all the bitterness associated with “the baby boomers” in politics. That they do. In recent weeks, we have tasted that bitterness all over again. What is more, with great subtlety, Obama brought up “the 1990s.” Hesto presto — the Clinton lead vanished among the Democrats, who supposedly adore the Clintons. As Democratic primary voters now have fresh evidence of the Clintons’ dirty tricks and bitter charges, Obama should revert to these themes. He now finds himself on the defensive in the rancorous atmosphere that the Clintons apparently thrive in. Obama should return to the high ground where he already has hurt Hillary badly.
Things aren’t that easy. If it was simply a matter of pointing to Bill and Hillary and saying, “Exhibits A and B,” the two of them would have been booed off the stage a decade ago. Tyrrell ignores the fact that the Clinton sociopathy he calls “bitterness” is thought of by most Democratic voters as an insignificant imperfection, while the rest label it “charm.” Has he forgotten that Bill Clinton’s perjury and other acts of malfeaseance were considered a necessary defense against a phalanx of cruel conspirers? The more Obama calls attention to the 1990’s, the more nostalgic Democratic voters will get. They view Slick Willie not with disgust but reverence.