No matter what Republicans try to say about Bill Clinton, the fact remains that he will go down as one of the most popular presidents in our nation’s history. While many credit him for the bustling economy we saw on his watch, or the fact that he balanced the budget prior to leaving office, his best weapon has always been his personality and the way he can explain things so perfectly. He’s a great mix of high intellect with down-home charm.
Republicans are clearly terrified at the thought of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, and a lot of that fear comes from the fact that they know one of her biggest assets on the campaign trail is going to be Bill Clinton. While Hillary is popular in her own right, adding Bill makes for a very potent combination. Because while Jeb Bush is desperately trying to run from his brother’s legacy, Hillary will be embracing Bill’s legacy.
But that’s what happens when one presidency was extremely successful and the other was one of the biggest disasters this nation has ever endured.
Well, the former president had some rather harsh words for the GOP during an interview on ABC News’ This Week where he said what many of us have been saying for years – Republicans are “begging for America to fail.”
He specifically talked about the Affordable Care Act and how the GOP has no hope but to do everything they can to try to make the law fail because if it doesn’t, their entire party’s ideology will be exposed for the fraud that it is.
“This bill has already produced a lot of good results,” Clinton said. “Look, they are desperate for this bill to fail. Because, if it’s not a failure, everything they’ve been telling us since 1980, ‘big government’s bad,’ is wrong.”
“They so badly want it to fail,” he continued. “Can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was sitting around just begging for America to fail? I don’t know what’s going to happen. I would be shocked if it fails. I just think when all these dire predictions don’t come out, if they don’t, I believe that pretty soon, within the next several years, it will be like Medicare and Medicaid. It will be a normal part of our lives and people will be glad it’s there.”
Everything he said is absolutely right.
The truth is, the Affordable Care Act isn’t a perfect law – but it’s a hell of a lot better than what we had. And just like with every major piece of legislation, it needs revisions and tweaks to help make it a much better law.
Republicans will never help with perfecting the law, because they can’t. They have pushed this “government is bad/Obamacare is terrible” narrative for so long that any Republican politician who would even dare appear to be showing favoritism toward the law would be turned on by their own party and most of his or her constituents.
It’s like I said leading up to the 2012 elections, the only “plan” Republicans had was to try to sabotage Obama’s presidency. They want this nation to fail because if it keeps improving, they know President Obama will get credit and that hurts them politically.
But Clinton hit the nail on the head about the Affordable Care Act and why Republicans are so desperate to repeal it. In a couple of years, the law will be so ingrained into our society that it would be political suicide to repeal it. Hell, it would be now anyway. Because while millions of conservatives blindly oppose the law, many of them are either too ignorant or blinded by partisan hate to realize that they are benefitting from the law.
That’s the funny thing about reality, it’s true whether or not conservatives want to believe in it.
Watch his comments below via ABC News:
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