On Washington's WMAL radio tonight, Chris Core was highlighting an article on Bill Clinton calling for civility. (He was a bit taken aback, since the Clinton people made those bimbo-bashing cracks about dragging a dollar bill through a trailer park.) USA Today reporter Kathy Kiely secured a soft 50-minute interview to serve as a publicist for Clinton's call for "kinder, gentler political talk."
He complained "I think it's a healthy thing in a democracy to have people disagreeing, but if you're screaming or demonizing, then the very people you want to reach — which is those who don't agree with you — can't hear you." But Kiely added Clinton doesn't hide his disagreements with the current president over Iraq and economic policies. "I practically need a rabies shot when I talk about this deficit and me getting five tax cuts while we had two wars going on." Perhaps Clinton could begin his crusade against demonization by telling his wife, Senator Exclamation Point (Hillary!) to chill out.
Don't forget her wild speech of June 7: "There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda than the current administration." It was hailed by CNN's Bill Schneider as quite correct.