AP Making Shit Up Again?
by Todd Beeton, Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 02:03:44 PM EST
This is classic. The AP runs a piece titled "Bill Clinton: Don't ruin victory with partisanship," provides absolutely no quote from Clinton containing the word "partisanship" yet closes the article with this necessary observation:
His message brought the partisan crowd -- still reveling in the first Democratic presidential victory in Virginia since 1964 -- to its feet.
Yes, it was a partisan crowd, since it was the -- ya know -- Virginia Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson dinner Clinton spoke at. The AP uses the term as a neutral descriptor but in today's environment, aided and abetted by certain prominent elected officials of both parties (aww, see, there's some bipartisanship for ya!) as well as articles such as this one from The AP, "partisan" and "partisanship" have become dirty words.
What did Bill Clinton actually warn against? Looks to me that it was more a warning not to let ideology get in the way of progress.
"We have won the great culture war that has divided America for 40 years," Clinton said at Virginia's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. "But before we celebrate too much, we have to realize that people hired us to lead."
He warned the state's party activists not to become so blinded by ideology that they abandon prudent governance. He also counseled caution among Democrats, particularly as the economic stimulus package heads toward a Senate vote Monday, urging the party to focus more on how to solve the problem rather than asking only how much it costs.
Anything about partisanship in there at all? I'd be curious to see a transcript of Clinton's speech to get a sense of what exactly he did say, but so far it looks like The AP is simply inventing a reason to continue the fascination with "bi-partisan" process stories.