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Opinion: Bill Clinton’s words of wisdom (likely to be ignored)

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Bill Clinton wrapped up a lengthy stint on the couch chatting with the ladies of ABC’s ‘The View’ today by offering a thought that befits his continuing role of elder statesman (now that his hopes of segueing from ex-president to first laddie have been waylaid, at least temporarily).

As a prelude to the comment that caught our attention, Clinton repeated his oft-stated opinion that Barack Obama will win November’s election, delivering his prediction with a level of certainty somewhere between the confident assertion he made while standing next to the Democratic nominee 11 days ago and the much more guarded words he provided in a CNBC interview last week.

Clinton then gave a shout-out to Obama and his Republican rival, John McCain, saying, ‘I genuinely like both. I genuinely admire both.’

And that set up a remark about political attitudes which struck us as definitely worth spotlighting. Clinton said voters ‘Make a terrible mistake, believing that we have to find something wrong with the people we can’t vote for.’

As this epic campaign draws to a close, the passions are high and the mistrust between both sides’ partisans seemingly insurmountable. But Clinton’s perspective deserves contemplating (though The Ticket won’t hold its collective breath waiting for many to heed it).

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-- Don Frederick


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