And I agree with David Sirota; it’s time for Wild Bill to exit the stage and do it in graceful fashion:

Now, on the first day of the Democratic convention, top Clinton aide Howard Wolfson has taken to the pages of The New Republic to publish a screed demanding Barack Obama use the convention to make amends with Bill Clinton. Wolfson writes:

“There is still work to do on the Bill Clinton front. He feels like the Obama campaign ran against and systematically dismissed his administration’s accomplishments. And he feels like he was painted as a racist during the primary process.”As disgusting and disingenuous as this is, it is pretty predictable. The Clintons are doing everything they can to make this convention all about them – and to absolve themselves from the substantive criticism of both Clintonism and Bill Clinton’s behavior on the campaign.

Mind you, this is the same Howard Wolfson who blamed John Edwards for Hillary’s loss.  He was a comedian then, and continues to be one NOW.

So, why would the Clintons head to Denver with the sole purpose of detracting from the historical providence of Barack Obama and continue to try to MAKE IT ABOUT THEM?

No, Bill Clinton was not “painted as a racist” – he was a racist during the campaign. He famously downplayed Obama as a new Jesse Jackson – a not-so-subtle attempt to tie Obama to all the unfair and racially-charged animosity regularly directed at Jackson. The Clinton campaign told the Associated Press that Obama was “the black candidate.” And perhaps worst of all, Bill Clinton claimed the Obama campaign “played the race card on me” – a clear attempt to stoke the usual anti-affirmative action backlashes that mark so many campaigns.

That Clinton’s top surrogates are now saying Obama’s major task is to appease Bill Clinton – rather than, say, win the election – shows just how egomaniacal the Clintons really are. What Obama should respond with is a very simple directive: President Clinton, please exit stage Right.

Excuse me, but Obama’s major task is NOT TO APPEASE Bill Clinton in any way, shape or form.  It appears that it’s Bill Clinton with the Major Task; THAT OF REBUILDING GOODWILL IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.  Until he does that, it’s:

“So Long, Bill; don’t let the doorknob hit ya where the good Lord Split ya.”

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