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McCarthyism!

12:31 PM, Mar 24, 2008 • By KEVIN KUSINITZ
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Barack Obama and his advisers once again happily step into the tar pit that Bill Clinton laid out for them. Consider the former president's latest remarks given to a group of military veterans in North Carolina:

"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

For a moment, put aside, if you can, the irony of Bill "I Despise the Military" Clinton lecturing veterans on the virtues of patriotism. On paper, at least, there's nothing at all controversial about his remarks. In fact, they're quite commendable. Who wouldn't want to see a noble presidential campaign devoid of mudslinging? Well, not me, but…

Anyway, instead of shouting "McCarthyism!", the better retort--if any--would have been something along the lines of, "If the former president is talking about Barack and Hillary, he's absolutely correct. It's a shame that a real discussion of the issues facing Americans are shoved aside in favor of the petty insults and whispering campaigns he's been orchestrating. And if he means the two party's ultimate candidates, well, Barack promises to continue his clean campaign this fall!"

Isn't there a chance that, by bringing up the junior senator from Wisconsin, you give many on-the-fencers the opportunity to re-examine Clinton's remarks in a new, nasty light, reigniting lingering doubts about Obama's character--as I did? Or perhaps I'm just projecting my natural cynicism onto my fellow man.

And one more thing: McCarthy died 50 years ago. It's about time the left trotted out a boogieman with a pulse and a job. Sheesh, where are the "Move On" cranks when you really need them?