With Andrew Malcolm of the L.A. Times. Regarding Bill Clinton's statement, "I am not a racist," Malcolm says,
Former presidents get a whole lot of leeway in what they say in public. But former President Bill Clinton just violated one of the prime rules of political communications: Never say what you are not.Uh oh... I said what I'm not. Does Malcolm think that means that I am, in fact, impressed?
"I am not a crook," said Richard Nixon, which, of course, raised or confirmed the issue in the minds of millions during the long-running Watergate scandal that forced him from office. And provided a historic sound bite.
Don't count on it.
Let's apply Malcolm-think to some of McCain's statements:
McCain is unappreciative of blogs! (Okay, that may in fact be his actual thought.)