Clinton ’08 vs. Clinton ’92

The past few days, Sen. Clinton’s attacks against Sen. Obama and Sen. Edwards have left me a bit unsettled and I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. This morning, I woke up realizing that the problem is that she’s now running against Gov. Clinton.

When Bill Clinton threw his hat into the ring, he had a strong message of hope and change in Washington. While his record in Arkansas didn’t quite show he had it in him, he held fast. He was a great orator and made people feel the warm fuzzies inside. His campaign was mocked in the media and by Republicans for it’s message of hope. The immediate and ongoing attacks from the GOP side have proven that Clinton in ’92 was a threat to the status quo.

And now, 15 years later, we’re being told by a different Clinton that a message of hope and change is mere “prose”, that now records are important. She gives her marriage to the President as an example of her experience in government. And to make it even more surreal, that same Bill Clinton is using the same lines. It’s almost as if he’s forgotten his own campaign speeches running up to the ’92 election.

I don’t think that people are willing to believe that after 15 years in Washington, Sen. Clinton can be an agent for change. Last year, Rupert Murdoch hosted a fundraiser for Clinton’s campaign. Get that? The man who owns a media corporation that has spent the last 15 years running down the Clinton’s hosted a fundraiser for her. Yet, one of her talking points in her campaign speeches is that only she “can handle the Republicans”. Well, the way you handle your friends is vastly different than how you handle your enemies. It’s just unclear under what category the Republicans now fall.

UPDATE: Seeing as how I knew I couldn’t be the only one to have this thought, I did a little Googling. This is what I found:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Bill Clinton says Sen. Barack Obama is a highly ambitious, political prodigy who is asking voters to “roll the dice” and elect him president.

He should know — that’s a fair description of Clinton when he sought the presidency in 1992.

The fact that the former president is stealing a page from the same Republican playbook used against him 15 years ago underscores the threat Obama poses to the candidacy of Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

It also illustrates Clinton’s penchant for rewriting history.