CNN forgets the Bush administration

CNN FORGETS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION…. Remember, these folks get paid to provide expert political analysis.

For those of you who can’t watch videos from your work computers, the clip is from CNN’s election coverage last night. Campbell Brown asks John King, “For those people who have been worried about the possibility of one party controlling Congress and the White House, the last president to do that, of course, was…” King responds, “Ah, that was Bill Clinton.”

Brown interrupts to correct King’s error. “Jimmy Carter!” Brown said. “Bill Clinton had Democrats in the House and in the Senate?” King replied, “Very briefly.” Brown added, “Didn’t go so well.” King agreed, adding, “No, it didn’t.”

Putting aside the successes of the first fourth of Bill Clinton’s presidency, it’s not at all comforting that Campbell Brown and John King seem to have forgotten that the current president worked with a Congress led by his own party just two years ago. And that didn’t “go so well.”

As Atrios asked, “Jeebus, people, did you not live through the first part of this century?”

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