First, right at the outset, I would offer a humble thank you to big-deal blogger Peter Daou for standing up for the Clintons in response to the Politico piece today (based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin entitled "Game Change"). The article -- and I guess the book -- really tear the Clinton's apart. Specifically, it makes them look pretty bad from the perspective of Campaign 2008.
Okay, so I did my share of bashing the Clinton's when they deserved it. But I also recognized when they did the right thing.
Here's the point. President Clinton spent eight successful years helping build the foundation for where we are now (we can debate the finer points of his successes and failures another time). Secretary Clinton spent time as a successful Senator and now is re-introducing America on the world stage -- a critically important job in the Obama Administration, if not the most important job.
I'm with Daou: campaigns are tough, they're hard, they are remarkably complex, and they require not just leadership -- and the responsibility all of that entails -- but a lot of work on the ground by a lot of people. Can we hold Hillary Clinton -- and only her alone -- accountable for the failure of her campaign? I don't think so. It's just not fair.
The Clintons have spent their entire lives in public service. For whatever reason, they've also spent a lifetime garnering the hatred of a lot of people. It's too bad. I feel really awful for them on a kind of human level.
So I guess I'm saying let's ignore Politico -- and Heilemann and Halperin -- on this one. And maybe say a little "thank you" to some people who have done an awful lot. I, for one, am eternally grateful for the time I spent working for them, and hope that they'll put all this behind them, too.