MSNBC Political Analyst Former Chief of Staff for the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
Con to the question "Was Bill Clinton a Good President?"
"I don't think that his presidency amounted to very much. There was a two-year Clinton presidency, where if Clinton wanted to do something it would not necessarily get done but would get a fair hearing and a lot of legislative energy pushing it. And then there was a six-year Gingrich government, in which Clinton was allowed a small editing function on what the Gingrich government would do. In those six years not a single thing that the White House wanted to do got done...
Throw in a grotesquely stupid scandal, involving his own personal behavior, that overtakes every day of his presidency for a year, and it becomes one of history's least important presidencies, in terms of actually setting some kind of direction or establishing some kind of principle that goes forward beyond that presidency.
What's the legacy? I don't get it. There's no lesson on how to be president -- at all."
A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton Told by Those Who Know Him, by Michael Takiff, 2010