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Conservatives for Clinton

Having lived through the demonization of Bill Clinton, I find it amusing that some conservatives now regard him as, well, not so bad.

Some of these folks may be sincere, but it's also a convenient way to bash Barack Obama ("he's no Bubba") while sounding reasonably bipartisan. They don't miss Clinton's policies but are fond of his style, at least as recalled through the haze of memory.

National Review's Jonah Goldberg (whose mother teamed up with Linda Tripp to try to run Clinton out of office) is the latest to take this route:

"I'm suffering from a mild case of Bill Clinton nostalgia.

"Yes, I'm grading on a curve. I was no fan of Clinton's -- I vaguely recall predicting in writing that he'd spend eternity in Hell sandwiched between Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, and the cast of Cats.

"And while I can't say I pine for the Caligula of the Ozarks, I have mellowed in my animosity for the man. More to the point, I miss having a Democrat who could sell.

"Clinton, a political prodigy of the first order, loved the human side of politics. He listened to the hoi polloi more than he listened to the Harvard faculty. It made him a less consequential but more democratic president.

Meanwhile, Obama's 'People of Earth Stop Your Bickering' aloofness often makes him seem exasperated with the country he leads. He doesn't seem to care what the people think. If voters disagree with him, that's their mistake."

Clinton was far more of a natural politician, no question about it. He also got his clock cleaned on health care, unlike the incumbent.

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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