Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Bob Barr Bobs Up Again

Bob Barr, the former Georgia congressman and House impeachment manager, has been making a tidy income from Clinton-bashing. Barr, who lost his seat in Congress when he was defeated in the Republican primary a couple of years ago (even Georgians, it seems, have a limited tolerance for foaming-mouth rants), is putting out a book “rebutting” the former president’s own book. According to the AP:

“The Georgia Republican and House impeachment manager made the announcement Monday, one day before Clinton’s autobiography was set to hit the shelves. Barr’s book, being released in mid-July from Stroud & Hall, is entitled, ‘The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton.'”

“‘I am most amazed that the Monica Lewinsky case is ultimately the one that got the president impeached,’ Barr says in an excerpt from his book released to the media. ‘These charges pale in comparison to the systematic damage Bill Clinton did to American national security, the office of the presidency and the civil liberties of individual American citizens.’

“In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr alleges a conspiracy of his own, but far different from the one Hillary Clinton said was targeting her husband during the Lewinsky scandal. Rather, Barr says top Senate Republican leaders worked out a deal to assure Clinton would stay in office despite his impeachment, figuring he was ‘too wily a politician’ to completely fall.” [Emphasis added.]

It never ceases to amaze me how completely oblivious people like Mr. Barr are to the concept of irony.