This Girl's Voice

Monday, February 16, 2004  

"Nobody died when Bill Clinton lied."

The slogan featured in the title of this post first began appearing in the offworld a.k.a. the internet on blogs throughout 2003, then became the name of a blog which featured photos of various signs found along roadsides across the States displaying similar sentiments.

Last Sunday, the line finally made it into the mainstream media uttered by a newspaper journalist on NBC tv's sunday morning political show Meet The Press.

Here's the excerpt of U.S. News and World Report's Roger Simon's reply to Russert from this past Sunday's MTP "Political Roundtable":

MR. RUSSERT: Dwight Eisenhower had this to say: "The greatest asset any occupant of the White House has is the trust of the American people and total credibility. If the president loses this, he has lost his greatest strength." Roger Simon, as Gwen mentioned, the documents were released on terms of the president's National Guard service. He also agreed to sit with the chairman and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission...which was a change.

How much of an issue is this credibility, as Time magazine called "a potential gap," going to play in the 2004 race?

MR. SIMON: I think it's going to be huge. We've had presidents who have lied to the American people. Our last president lied on a number of occasions to the American people, but nobody died when Bill Clinton lied.

If, as these polls reflect, a majority of the American people think the president either lied or exaggerated about the weapons of mass destruction and sent young men and women off to war to fight and to die based on those lies and exaggerations, they're likely to be a little unforgiving, I think, in November.

This statement survived having not one proclamation of skepticism from it's host during the actual interview nor any attempt at protest by any Republican pundit or operative thereafter -- which tells me that the Repubs know their FlyBoy has a growing credibilty problem with the American people.

posted by voxpopgirl | 2/16/2004