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Calvin Freiburger

Chelsea’s Wedding: The Clintons Save America Again!

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Posted on August 2 2010 7:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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It’s been suggested that Barack Obama owes his primary victory over Hillary Clinton in part to Democrat weariness toward the Clintons and desire to put that era behind them. But even for many on the Left, Obama the Reality hasn’t quite lived up to Obama the Dream, which is apparently starting to make the Clintons cool again.

Case in point: the recent wedding of the former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton. All the best to Chelsea and her new husband, of course: whenever someone finds his or her soul mate, it’s something to celebrate. But Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown says it was much more than that, breathlessly proclaiming that “America Needed Chelsea’s Wedding,” because the successful, picturesque marriage “allowed a bruised nation to forget, for a moment, the jarring 10 years in between” the wedding and the Clintons’ departure from public life:

[T]he Clintons are enjoying political rosy-glow syndrome. In the light of what’s happened since—two grueling wars, the implosion of debt, 14 million unemployed—the Lewinsky stain, the impeachment dramas, and the Starr witch hunt of the Clinton years seems like a crazy dream. Didn’t we know how lucky we were to be so safe? Chelsea’s wedding allowed us to remember all that prosperity, those continuous Clinton surpluses. No sticky wars then—Bosnia and Kosovo turned out more than OK.

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