No, the Right Wasn’t Right about the Clintons

In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s somewhat unfortunate performance last night, some Democrats are rending garments, claiming that the Clinton-haters were right all along.

No.

During President Clinton’s term in office, the US balanced its budget, saw sizable economic growth, built a coalition to prevent genocide in Yugoslavia, was respected abroad, and ameliorated poverty.  His administration is not immune from criticism on any of those points, but his achievements were real.

It’s fine to be frustrated with the things that both Clintons have done during this campaign.  But don’t let it distract from what Bill Clinton did when he was in office.  Policy matters.

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