See the updates at the bottom of this post.
I am upset by the tone of John’s post below.
I just got home from a very long day, and will get some sleep and think about what I want to say about it.
Update It was the language, directed at a person, that bothered me. John addressed this. Everything is OK now.
Also, I think (hope) Kevin’s post might have been misinterpreted. But misinterpreted or not, Kevin quoted and did not address Milbank mentioning “a press that brought the Clinton scandals to light“. GOOD LORD, THERE WERE NO CLINTON SCANDALS!!!! Just one guy got a blow job. That’s it! After all of the accusations and investigations – investigations that distracted from real issues and threats – not a SINGLE accusation turned out to have any merit at all, and not a SINGLE member of the administration was found to have done anything wrong! The investigations were so thorough and the members of the Clinton administration were so clean that one guy was found to have overbilled clients years earlier, and was sent to Federal prison for a long time for it. That’s the whole thing.
Saying there were “Clinton scandals” is a right-wing talking point. It is part of a strategic campaign of lies to discredit legitimate government and pave the way for the right-wing/corporate takeover of the country that we have seen occur. Aside from anything else in the post, Kevin should have picked that up and called Milbank on that. Milbank should have understood what he was saying. These are the kinds of things we should all be aware of now.
I can’t address the rest of what Kevin was saying because I’m not sure what he was saying. Kevin drives me crazy that way, but I have learned to give him the benefit of the doubt because he IS on our side.
Update Digby writes about the Clinton Scandals aspect of this:
The Clinton scandals were contrived political character assassination that were investigated to the tune of 70 million dollars by numerous Republican congressional committees and Republican special prosecutors and WERE PROVED TO BE WITHOUT MERIT!!! The mainstream press were not muckrakers, they were willing whores and shills for a partisan agenda. They obsessed over a decades old land deal, the firing of some employees in the travel office, some bozo in the basement reading FBI files and Clinton’s sex life among many other trivial charges. None of them came to anything. These facts are clear.
[. . .] (And I mean right wing generated gossip because it’s clear that they will not breathlessly pursue a Republican sex scandal with equal fervor even when it features a gay prostitute in the conservative White House press room who plastered pictures of his erections all over the internet.)
[. . .] It’s been clear for more than a decade that the mainstream media responds almost unthinkingly to the deafening sounds of the right wing noise machine and now seems paralyzed by the power the Republican establishment exerts over it.
So here we are. We all watched the media go after Clinton – who ran the most honest, public-serving, dedicated and intelligent government possibly in our nation’s entire history. We all watched them repeat and echo every single accusation and lie, no matter how ridiculous. And now we all watch the very same media provide cover for outright theft of the country’s savings, absolute corporate crony corruption, even wars of aggression and torture. But it’s the way it is and how long do we continue to whine and complain about it before we start DOING something about it?
John is right, they have taken over, with The Party increasingly using the power and resources of the state to enforce one-party rule. The country is drifting toward corporate fascism and the question is how repressive and violent might they get toward us, the enemy within?
But the Soviet Union fell, and Marcos, and the Shah, and other entrenched one-party states have fallen. So we can’t give up hope. We have to try to inform the public and resist the Right’s takeover as best we can. Giving up really is not an option, in my opinion.