Bill Clinton strongly endorsed "independent" Staten Island Democrat Rep. Mike McMahon's re-election bid yesterday -- even saying it was OK for the incumbent to buck President Obama by voting against health-care reform.Well, it's nice to see a Democrat finally acknowledging the fact we're overrun with illegal, er, "undocumented" immigrants.
"The one thing you got to say about this guy is he has been truly independent; he is not partisan," Clinton said while stumping for McMahon at Wagner College.
"He has not voted for the president on every issue. On health care, for example, we New Yorkers have a special problem. We have a lot of immigrants here who are undocumented, and our hospitals claim real problems under this health-care bill," Clinton added.
The former president said McMahon "wants to fix it the right way" while Republicans want to put the insurance companies in charge of health care.Barack Who?
"When I was president, I loved congressman like Mike, people who didn't always vote for me but were always thinking and listened to the evidence and looked for solutions," Clinton said.
Clinton's backing of McMahon during a rally attended by 1,600 was a boost for the incumbent, who caught flak from Democratic activists for voting nay on the health-care overhaul.
McMahon is expected to face a tough general election against a Republican challenger in the conservative-leaning district, which voted for Republican John McCain over Obama in the 2008 presidential race.
McMahon, while appearing alongside Clinton, did not utter the name "Obama" at all during his speech.
As to Clinton's revisionist history, are we really to believe he liked Democrats who voted against him? Please.
They don't call him Slick for nothing.
McMahon's Republican challengers may criticize him for supporting President Obama's economic stimulus package, Clinton said, but the bill "gave money to state and local governments so they wouldn't have to lay off a million teachers and health care workers or turn around and raise taxes on you to keep them working, which would have been a disaster in this economy."What evidence, like the 9.6% unemployment?
Clinton cautioned against a repeat of the years after he left the White House, when Republicans turned his budget surplus into the biggest deficit in the nation's history.
"We can't let them do it again," Clinton railed.
"We need individuals who think and do what's right for you," he added. "You've got to have people who think, not ideologues. Republicans are utterly impervious to evidence."