On Meet the Press today, David Gregory interviewed Mitch McConnell and Bill "Bubba" Clinton, then had a round table discussion with three guests from the Left, Jennifer Granholm, Helene Cooper and Mark Halperin, and one guest from the Right/Center, Alex Castellanos.
The interview with McConnell went as expected, with McConnell safely repeating Republican talking points -- taxes aren't smart in a recession; economic growth will raise revenues; Republicans are willing to work on tax reform; yada, yada, yada. McConnell is a professional, establishment politician and not of much use in times when revolutionary systemic changes are required to avoid stagnation and steady national decline.
In his interview with Clinton, Gregory asked if Obama can when a re-election -- Clinton said that Obama can win now that he has a "plan", and if Republicans obstruct the plan. Clinton's interview was interesting on several levels. I grew up around southerners like Clinton with his easy charm and folksy faux-wisdom. With Clinton, you have to pay close attention to what he says rather than how he says it, because he has the gift of appearing reasonable and centrist. What Clinton said is radically statist, and now he's moved into the realm of global statist management. Clinton said that he's lucky now that he's on the global state with his Clinton Global Initiatives, because he can propose what works -- then he patronizingly denigrated ideology and political differences in America. You see, Clinton is looking down from a global stage at the foolish games played by those who believe in limited government and a free market. Clinton has a universal wisdom now that clearly shows how the State in different nations around the world play a vital, cooperative role in guiding the process of opportunity, equality and justice. Unfortunately, too many liberals believe as Clinton believes, and one of the main thrusts of the State's role as benevolent and wise manager is to lead the world toward green energy production, in spite of the little mix-up involving Solyndra. There was only a brief mention of Solyndra, but it should be front and center.
The roundtable discussion was about Republican candidates in an election that is over a year away. The narrative is that Republicans will likely obstruct Obama's stimulus plan and face the risk of public disdain in a time of high unemployment. Granholm called for "smart" government. Castellanos warned of Perry being too extreme, and he said Obama is looking weak. Helene Cooper said that Obama is looking strong on the campaign...uh...jobs bill trail pushing his stimulus. Halperin said something but it didn't amount to much. The analysis on Meet the Press leaves a lot to be desired. This focus on Perry and Romney, extreme and center, and on Obama, weak or strong, misses the point. The country is torn between more government intervention or limited government, and this is the fundamental issue.
Clinton-type progressives believe that State power is vital, but States are reeling all over the world. The cost of government intervention has been economic stagnation and a mountain of debt. I will write a post later about "smart" statism -- it needs debunking, over and over.