SCAIFE REPENTS….Bill Clinton’s #1 attack dog during the 1990s was reclusive wingnut zillionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. But according to one of his close associates, he’s had a change of heart:
Christopher Ruddy, who once worked full-time for Mr. Scaife investigating the Clintons and now runs a conservative online publication he co-owns with Mr. Scaife, said, “Both of us have had a rethinking.”
“Clinton wasn’t such a bad president,” Mr. Ruddy said. “In fact, he was a pretty good president in a lot of ways, and Dick feels that way today.”
Maybe so, but you have to be a pretty bad president to make Richard Mellon Scaife start pining away for the good old days of Bill Clinton. If there was any lingering doubt about whether George Bush is the worst president ever, instead of just the second or third worst, we should probably take this as a cosmic confirmation that the votes are in.
As it turns out, though, the story is actually about Hillary Clinton and the fact that the old-time hate brigade just isn’t what it used to be. It pretty much takes the flip side of yesterday’s LA Times story about how the Hillary Swift-boaters are gearing up for action later this year. They’re still out there, says David Kirkpatrick, but they don’t have the mojo they used to.