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It’s a “Politics of Personal Destruction” Rodeo
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 10, 2013 @ 2:28 pm In The Point | 7 Comments
The “Politics of Personal Destruction” is a phrase that the Clintons helped make famous, even while they spent most of their time conducting personal attacks against their enemies; inside and outside the party.
Now, after Bill Clinton nicely told Ashley Judd that she should stick to appearing at fundraisers for real politicians, Judd is invoking the phrase to complain about the opposition research of her prospective opponent… research that only came to light due to wiretapping.
“This is yet another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch Mcconnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C. We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp than to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis and turn it into a laughing matter.”
1. If you tote around a “Psychological Support Dog” and then tell people about it on ABC News, it’s no longer a personal struggle. It’s public craziness.
2. If you describe everything, including your iPhone, as rape, then you have bigger mental problems then just feeling sad.
3. If you’ve been institutionalized, then that is something the voters need to take into considering when you run for the second highest elected national office in the country.
4. It’s Mitch McConnell. The Mc means son. To Ashley Judd though, that’s probably an unforgivable form of patriarchy which makes her reject the proper spelling of a Scottish last name.
But let’s get back to the dreaded “Politics of Personal Destruction”. Judd complains about the “Politics of Personal Destruction” and then attacks Mitch McConnell as a bad person for doing what every other politician does.
Since Ashley Judd’s campaign was going to do its own opposition research, it would have also attacked McConnell as a bad person. Now she’s attacking him as a bad person for doing what she never got to do to him.
The “Politics of Personal Destruction” is the pretense of victimization built around the false notion that some things, like Bill Clinton’s affairs or Ashley Judd’s emotional support dog, should be off limits because mentioning them makes you a bad person, unless you’re a Democrat attacking a Republican.
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