One of the disturbing aspects of having two dynastic presidential families - a sign that a republic truly is turning into a corrupt empire - is that a former president can intervene, with all his partisan power, on behalf of a candidate to whom he is related during a critical primary campaign. This week Bill Clinton showed his usual class by accusing Obama and Edwards of "swift-boating" his wife because they dares to challenge a front-runner in a debate. Clinton's comment was a classic hardball political maneuver to repair some of the damage done to his wife's candidacy by the last debate. Here's the money quote:
"We listened to people make snide comments about whether Vice President Gore was too stiff and when they made dishonest claims about the things that he said that he'd done in his life. When that scandalous Swift boat ad was run against Senator Kerry... Why am I saying this? Because I had the feeling that at the end of that last debate we were about to get into cutesy land again."