There is a lot to be said for the point of view that dredging up the Clinton years with regard to fighting the Caliphascists is pointless, as it represents what economists call a sunk cost. Normally I would agree that it’s a fine subject for historians but not particularly relevant politically. However, it is not the GOP that is stuck in that past but the Democratic Party which wants to implement basically the same policies again. That is what makes it relevant. To this day the Democratic Party powers cannot admit that former President Clinton’s policies were sub-optimal, much less wrong.
I think the reason for this is the same reason the Democratic Party is stuck in the past on most issues — it’s not the admission of error but the fear of having to create a new policy. This makes the Clinton bashing useful if it is tied back to present day policies espoused by the Democratic Party.
I think the best example of this is the “law enforcement paradigm” offered by such Democratic Party luminaries as Senator John Kerry. The history of the Clinton Administration is a good antidote to the claimed utility of such a policy.
Another that is close is the idea that it is President Bush’s policies that are boosting Al Qaeda and other Caliphascist organzations. It is useful to note that Al Qaeda went from a minor annoyance to perpetrating the largest terror attack in the USA on President Clinton’s watch. The point isn’t to bash Clinton but to bash the idea that it is only an aggressive response like Bush’s that recruits and empowers such organizations.
Finally, I can’t help but enjoy the spectacle of the Democratic Party being hoisted on its own petard. It is their hysterical reaction that has put this subject back on the front burner and it is especially funny coming from a party that has spent so much time bashing Bush for not owning up to mistakes.