The Slick Genius of Slick Willie
By Stephen Green
In the space of less than a week, Clinton deftly undercut Obama on Bain, the economy, and taxes. All he has to do now is question the timing of the end of the Afghanistan surge or point out the billions taxpayers lost on GM, and then all Obama will have left is, “I killed bin Laden with my bare hands. Gutsy call, I know.”
But what can Obama do? Call Clinton out? Ol’ Billy Boy is still a team player, dutifully campaigning in Wisconsin where even Obama dared not tread. The president needs Clinton’s fundraising prowess going into the fall, too. And then there’s that little issue where Mrs. Clinton still serves as Obama’s own secretary of state. Clinton is a thorn in Obama’s side and there’s no way to pluck him out.
Since I brought her up, let’s speak a little more about Hillary. She says her days in politics are over, and I believe her. But that might not be the fate Bill has in mind for her. So, let’s assume that Bill is setting up Hillary for another run at the White House in 2016. Would she make a better follow-up act to another failed Obama term? Or would she fare better against Romney, who could end up presiding over an economy not much better than Obama’s?
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