Bill has always been a progressive and a big supporter of human rights. In fact he gave a million bucks to the Obama campaign. But Bill also does not cotton to extremists left or right, which in many cases is hard to tell the difference. So as a center left, sort centrist guy myself, I understand why the pure left finds him less than perfect. Like Bill I, too, see that political purists are always a problem. Indeed, it was many of the Bernie hard left that ended up voting for Trump in the general. Big mistake, and I say that as one who voted for Bernie in the primary.

So I’m not all that thrilled at those who get all sanctimonious on one who is not afraid to poke fun at one of his own, even though even Bill admits he crossed the line on the N word joke.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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