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Maddow on Clinton: Was He 'Best Republican' President Ever?

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Is former President Bill Clinton prepping for a third career as a professional wrestler? Or perhaps a TV talking head? With his settled feud with California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown still smoldering, Clinton is in another public beef, this time with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Clinton took a broad strike at Maddow for comments she made back in March in which she called him “the best Republican president we ever had.”

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Here’s the full Maddow quote, which came during a discussion about how President Obama’s views earlier this year on health care were creeping to the other side of the aisle and sounding like Republican health care proposals in the 1990s, not to mention the health care plan proposed by Clinton during his first term: "What we ended up with is, what we ended with, in my opinion, is the two terms of the Clinton administration, which is that Bill Clinton was probably the best Republican president the country ever had, if you look at the policies that he passed."

The ever-irascible Clinton clearly kept his powder dry for a while, but according to Politico, he hit back Monday without mentioning Maddow’s name.

Speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, alongside book-hawking former British Prime Minister and pal Tony Blair, Clinton said, "One of the leading television commentators on one of our liberal cable channels said I was the best Republican president the country ever produced, which would come [as] quite a surprise to the Republicans, half of whom still think I'm a closet communist," he said. "What she meant by that was I didn't necessarily follow their 'conventional wisdom,'" he said. "I said, 'What do you mean?!'"

Clinton pointed out that he did more for poor and middle-class Americans than New Deal-era liberalism ever did and noted that his welfare-to-work programs cut welfare rolls by 60 percent.

Do You Agree With Maddow’s Description of Clinton?
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  • jnl72 2010/09/16 02:20:19
    No, she’s way off base
    jnl72
    +6
    He was nowhere near Republican values, but that's funny. I can't stand Rachel Maddow, but I love a good political fight. I never liked Clinton when he was in office, and he has no moral character, but strangely, he's grown on me over the years. I'd take him 100x over Obozo.

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  • Veteran Patriot 2010/09/16 17:48:00
    No, she’s way off base
    Veteran Patriot
    The only thing Clinton did seemingly Republican he did was move to the right a little. To put America back on track after he realized he was headed down the wrong track with Americans. At least he would listen to The People.
  • Dano 2010/09/16 16:50:24
    No, she’s way off base
    Dano
    Raehel is a perfect example of the "L" in the LSM "Lame Stream Media".

    She is way out of the closet.





    shes base raehel lsm lame stream media closet
  • Johnnyknowvote 2010/09/16 16:21:21
    No, she’s way off base
    Johnnyknowvote
    Doesn't she pee standing up?
  • Bob S 2010/09/16 16:13:14 (edited)
    No, she’s way off base
    Bob S
    +2
    From the very very masculine Mr. Maddow...who do we believe. Maybe she said that because there were no good Democrats since Truman and Kennedy. She is a real beauty. We know what causes she needs. Like most pundits on MSNBC, she is a left wing wacko.
  • Deb 2010/09/16 15:57:56
    No, she’s way off base
    Deb
    Maddow is female??
  • Bob S Deb 2010/09/16 16:14:45
    Bob S
    +1
    How many guesses do I get? What are my choices?
  • Deb Bob S 2010/09/16 16:15:39
    Deb
    LOL
  • RawRsaurus 2010/09/16 15:49:40
    No, she’s way off base
    RawRsaurus
    Maddow is so lame.
  • Bob S RawRsaurus 2010/09/16 16:15:02
    Bob S
    That's one word for it...
  • jimrthy BN-0 2010/09/16 15:35:26
    Yes
    jimrthy BN-0
    Then again, I think that's a good thing.

    I wish recent Presidents from the Republican party had been half the Republican Clinton was.
  • 1206720 2010/09/16 15:29:43
  • jacktown kid 2010/09/16 15:04:12
    No, she’s way off base
    jacktown kid
    What a Dummy
  • Bob S jacktow... 2010/09/16 16:15:55
    Bob S
    +1
    In case you didn't know her she was the one sitting on Edgar Bergens lap.
  • jacktow... Bob S 2010/09/17 15:20:56
    jacktown kid
    What that had to do with the opinion I just give
  • Lanikai 2010/09/16 14:37:35
    No, she’s way off base
    Lanikai
    What in the world is up? Every liberal on earth is suddenly picking on Bill Clinton. I didn't like him as president, but he does not deserve to be the party whipping boy either. Geez, folks, go pick on the real problem-obama.
  • chuck 2010/09/16 14:30:00
    No, she’s way off base
    chuck
    he made many people believe we could get ahead know with obama we are losted
  • Steve 2010/09/16 14:25:25
    Yes
    Steve
    Maddow is correct, but this is more a reflection on the rightward change in the Republican Party than on Clinton.

    Richard Nixon's policies were overall about as progressive as Clinton's, or more so. In particular, the Nixon health plan was more progressive than the Clinton plan.
  • Bob S Steve 2010/09/16 16:18:00
    Bob S
    but the old Democrats wouldn't go along with anything that had NIXON label.
  • vicb626 2010/09/16 14:13:23
    No, she’s way off base
    vicb626
    Even Clinton recognizes MSNLSD for what it is, "One of the leading television commentators on one of our liberal cable channels said I was the best Republican president the country ever produced". And Barak is Abe Lincoln....
  • Invader... vicb626 2010/09/16 16:33:02
    Invader_Xion
    +1
    Never, EVER compare Obama to Lincoln ... Obama will NEVER be anywhere the president Lincoln was.
  • vicb626 Invader... 2010/09/16 17:27:25
    vicb626
    their comparison, not mine...
  • Invader... vicb626 2010/09/16 17:35:58
    Invader_Xion
    Oh, my mistake, i apologize. :) Carry on!
  • kehvan 2010/09/16 13:49:54
    No, she’s way off base
    kehvan
    +1
    Maddow is a loon..
  • Bob S kehvan 2010/09/16 16:18:49
    Bob S
    +1
    I totally agree. I also add to the mix ALL pundits on MSNBC.
  • Gino™ 2010/09/16 13:15:13
    No, she’s way off base
    Gino™
    As a Republican myself, I think Clinton did a pretty good job.

    I might not have agreed with some of the extremes he took things to, like the tax raise... and military cuts...

    But all in all his time in office was, for the most part, a good one...
  • Jim Gino™ 2010/09/16 16:55:50
    Jim
    +1
    Yea, especially the "Intern" program.
  • Gino™ Jim 2010/09/16 17:15:28
    Gino™
    No one said he was Morally balanced....

    His affair, had nothing to do with how he ran the nation.
  • Jim Gino™ 2010/09/16 17:22:42
    Jim
    +1
    Never blamed him much; if I had to wake up ever day and look at and listen to Hillary, would be chasing another skirt myself.
  • Gino™ Jim 2010/09/16 19:17:16
    Gino™
    True statement.
  • cmdrbnd007 2010/09/16 13:09:08
    No, she’s way off base
    cmdrbnd007
    She's a lunatic and I can't believe she is still on the air. I can't understand how MSNBC manages to continue to broadcast, does anybody watch it? Clinton got one thing wrong though, Maddow is not one of the leading television commentators. Her numbers suck. She is one of the least watched personalities one the least watched news network.
  • Lanikai cmdrbnd007 2010/09/16 14:38:50 (edited)
    Lanikai
    +1
    She is their way of catering to the under-served gay market.
  • cmdrbnd007 Lanikai 2010/09/16 14:42:44
    cmdrbnd007
    +1
    And that's such a large market share.
  • Lanikai cmdrbnd007 2010/09/16 14:48:57
    Lanikai
    Well between her and Anderson Cooper, those are the only two openly gay ones and gays are generally VERY supportive of each other,. My aforementioned cousin drives over an hour to shop at a gay owned grocery, and half an hour to buy from a gay owned florist.
  • cmdrbnd007 Lanikai 2010/09/16 15:03:05
    cmdrbnd007
    Well how hard was it to find a gay florist? LOL JK
  • Lanikai cmdrbnd007 2010/09/16 15:17:59
    Lanikai
    LOL

    There is a whole network and an internet network and a gay phone directory. But here in the south, most florists are straight so it took a while. There is apush in the black community for all blacks to support ONLY black owned businesses and they do the same thing, drive hours to shop for food, clothes, dry cleaning, mortgages etc.

    I just have to wonder, if the rest of us went all white-who would be left to support the arabs and mexicans? JK, sort of.
  • cmdrbnd007 Lanikai 2010/09/16 15:28:51
    cmdrbnd007
    +1
    You know maybe I'm just lazy but I would not drive hours out of my way just to shop at a gay grocer.
  • Lanikai cmdrbnd007 2010/09/16 16:34:53
    Lanikai
    +1
    I wouldn't spend the time and gas. I was just pointing out the disparity-most of us are open to shopping at our local grocer/florist/bank, but there is a move afoot in those two communities to avoid all but "their own kind" of place.
  • cmdrbnd007 Lanikai 2010/09/17 03:41:30
    cmdrbnd007
    Hmmm wonder what would happen if everyone did that.
  • Lanikai cmdrbnd007 2010/09/17 19:46:59
    Lanikai
    +1
    Well, muslim businesses in the inner sities would close, mexican pop ups would close, and there would be larger tax revenues for cities as legit businesses actually file and pay taxes.
  • cmdrbnd007 Lanikai 2010/09/19 12:42:11
    cmdrbnd007
    +1
    That's probably true.

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