Bill Clinton Makes Josh Marshall Uncomfortable
don’t expect Bill Clinton, who’s not a shrinking violet, to be neutral in his own wife’s nomination campaign. But I have to admit that the intensity of Bill Clinton’s attacks on Barack Obama really makes me uncomfortable. I know there are a lot of Democratic party insiders, mostly older than I am, who don’t like it either. But I wonder if there’s not some generational aspect to it for people my age. I was in my early 20s in 1992. And really throughout the 90s you couldn’t be a bigger Clinton guy than I was. So it’s hard to see that history (and it’s quite some history) leveraged to muscle this campaign.
For the record, and as a Democrat, Clinton’s attacks don’t make me uncomfortable…they make me furious. So much so that I would consider voting against Hillary in the general election. Yep. I’ve said it. It’s much more likely I’d simply sit it out, but as I follow the Hill and Bill show it makes me want to see that vicious style of politics lose, regardless of party affiliation.
Josh, one other thing to consider…it’s unprecedented for a former President to go after a PRIMARY candidate like this, and I don’t think that historic significance should be lost in this conversation. Especially since Barack and his message have stood up so well against the attacks.
So that begs the question: if Bill was removed from Hillary’s campaign, would she have a shot? I honestly don’t think so. He has been able to play bad cop and attack Barack’s integrity and you know that’s translated into votes for Hillary. If she had to play the heavy, I think voters would be really turned off by that because it just reinforces the already mediocre image they have of her.
And so it goes…
Looks like Barack is going on the offensive against Bill in an interview on Monday’s Good Morning America.
Drudge gives us this nugget:
Bill ‘has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling. He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts. Whether it’s about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas. This has become a habit and one of the things that we’re gonnna have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he’s making statements that are not factually accurate.’
So there you have it. Barack is obviously confident enough in his record to have this debate. He’s also more than ready to remind America that Bill Clinton has a problem with telling the truth.