An Arkansas state legislator once said of Bill Clinton that he would pat you on the back while he urinated down your leg. The corollary for Clinton’s wife Hillary could be that she will tell the world how honored she is to share a stage with Barack Obama even as she’s gearing up to smash him. When it comes to politics, the Clinton philosophy is simple: It’s war, and wars are for winning. Bill put it this way, back in 1981: “When someone is beating you over the head with a hammer, don’t sit there and take it. Take out a meat cleaver and cut off their hand.”
–Karen Tumulty, and David von Drehle. (Emphasis mine.) If any left-of-center pundits have ever denounced the Clintons for this kind of violent, hand-eliminationist rhetoric, I have yet to hear of it.