Just as my disgust at Bill Clinton was starting to fade, he brought it all back with his grubby publicity-seeking. He’s trying to surf the tsunami of pro-Reagan and pro-American sentiment that’s currently washing over the country. And of course he has a book to promote.
Drudge is helpful in pointing out precedents for an ex-president’s not being invited to speak at the funeral of his predecessor or successor (Ford didn’t speak at Nixon’s funeral, for example). And it’s just possible that the Reagan family is not inclined to do any favors for someone who was openly contemptuous of Reagan’s values and tried to reverse his achievements.
The arguments from Clinton’s flacks are almost comical:
“It is a state funeral, using tax dollars,” the top Clinton insider explained.
I don’t recall Clinton ever being troubled by such details during his own administration.
Hey, Bill, it’s not about you. Put a sock in it for a couple of weeks, OK?
UPDATE: Martin Devon sees things differently.
UPDATE 2: I don’t like Clinton but I don’t object to his speaking at the funeral. He was president, and if the people who are planning the funeral wanted to invite him to speak it would be fine by me. What I object to is his public complaining.