Although it was clear from this flattering Washington Post bit from this weekend that Bill Clinton has been slowly shoring up his First Lady agenda, it seems that the Hillary Clinton campaign is not interested in giving the people what they’re clamoring for.
While Bill Clinton will happily trot the globe, pulling up developing nations from certain economic disaster with his charm and compassion alone, Hillary will be leaving her happy hubby off the campaign trail for now in order to focus America’s attention on the lesser Clinton, lest they start making unflattering comparisons.
President Clinton will not hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in 2015, aides told The Washington Post, keeping in line with his promise to be a “backstage adviser” to her White House run.
“He’s completely focused right now on the foundation,” Tina Flournoy, President Clinton’s chief of staff, told the paper.
“That does not mean that he does not realize his wife is running for president. But he is not directly engaged in the campaign. As he has said before, if his advice is asked for, he’s happy to give it.”
Aides told the Post that President Clinton also won’t do any events this year, including appearances at fundraisers for Hillary Clinton’s campaign or for super-PACs supporting her.
The former president was both a blessing and a curse for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
Bill serves to remind potential voters of both what they loved and hated about the Clinton years. They might have enjoyed the relative economic stability that trickled down from the Reagan administration, and the peace and tranquility of an era before Al Gore discovered his alter ego, Captain Planet, but the Clintons represent a turning point in American political culture that few credit with brining out the best in discourse. They scorched the Earth, their advisors swept up after them, and everything they touched bore the unmistakeable, brimstone-scented mark of their having been there. Hillary would rather everyone focus on the stuff she did after she gave up the puffy headbands and the literacy initiative, and Bill subverts that. He also, as Hillary found out in 2008, occasionally subverts the entire campaign, as he’s prone to off-the-cuff remarks that don’t tout the party line.
Fortunately, he doesn’t intend on giving up much in the way of control when it comes to the Clinton Global Initiative, so he can continue to collect large sums of money from unfriendly nations, and she can campaign for her coronation in peace.
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