Bill Clinton Knows Mitt Will Win
That’s why he’s become Romney’s unofficial campaign chair. It’s no accident that the former president is popping up everywhere, tossing bouquets and bon-bons at Romney; his blatant insurrection signals this political seer’s true choice and his uncanny instinct for where the American people are heading. For most of us, the subconscious speaks through our dreams. For Bill Clinton, it’s directly through his mouth. If Clinton’s not lauding Romney’s Bain Capital career, he’s making aggressively unsubtle comparisons between his own responsible POTUS fiscal record and Obama’s disastrous one.
In his initial act of sabotage, Clinton strongly defended Romney on CNN against the Obama barrage of Bain vulture capitalist ads. Opined the former prez: “I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say ‘This is bad work.’ This is good work.” Who’s the “we” calling Romney’s career, “bad work?” The Obama team. In a single magnificent sound bite, Clinton managed to spank the theme of the entire campaign he was supposed to be boosting. But he wasn’t done, he was just warming up. Continued the former president, “The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold to be president.”
So according to the beloved Godfather of the Democrat party, Obama’s opponent is qualified to be president. But is Obama himself qualified? Whether Clinton meant to or not, the specifics he brought up invite a comparison that disqualifies the incumbent.
The first qualifier: be a governor; that is, have executive experience. Obama wasn’t and doesn’t. His only national governance experience was as a Senator from Illinois, and during most of his few years there he was running for president. As Hillary Clinton pointed out in her campaign, he held zero committee meetings for his two subcommittees. He missed lots of votes. He wasn’t there even to vote present; he was running for president after all. (As Bill Clinton himself said at that time, ‘When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running?’)
Second qualifier: a sterling business career. Obama falls well short. He organized Chicago neighborhoods to get more government benefits and to get out the vote. He was a law lecturer at the University of Chicago, and later an attorney at a small law firm specializing in civil rights and neighborhood economic development. He never ran a company, met a payroll, hired or fired, or made executive decisions as did Romney. By no means did the future president have a sterling business career.
So the Clintonian criteria of presidential qualifications pretty much disqualifies the incumbent he professes to support. But why is Clinton out there rolling grenades into the Obama campaign at the same time he’s raising money and extolling the incumbent? Dick Morris, savvy political gadfly and former Clinton BFF thinks he’s a double agent. Recently he told Fox’s Sean Hannity, “Bill Clinton doesn’t want Barack Obama to win” the 2012 election. Morris also said a conservative pal who is friendly with Clinton quotes the former prez as warning, “you have six months to save the country.”
If what Morris says is true, Clinton has realized that Obama and his policies are highly toxic to America. Being something of a political psychic, he has also realized that the electorate has realized this. His recent media “slips” betray, wittingly or not, a dawning confirmation that Obama is in deep trouble. And so is our nation.
Clinton is choking, not only on Obama’s lack of qualifications, but also on his mangling of the economy. Clinton has sat where Obama sits, and he knows what it takes for an economy to thrive. He knows the blown stimulus and various other O-gimmicks haven’t worked and never will. He knows that the $5 trillion tax increase looming at the end of the year when tax cuts expire will spell recession or worse. So he just couldn’t help himself – this notorious parser of truth told the nation the forbidden reality: that the US economy is already in a recession. And he urged Congress to extend ALL the tax cuts before they expire at the end of the year and send us over a fiscal cliff. In this, he risked pariah-hood by directly opposing Obama’s fantasy that we’re in recovery, and also his vow not to renew the cuts.
“What I think we need to do is find some way to avoid the fiscal cliff, to avoid doing anything that would contract the economy now, and then deal with what’s necessary in the long term debt-reduction plans as soon as they can, which presumably would be after the election,” Clinton said. And here’s another whopper clue: he knows that long-term debt-reduction will only happen if Romney wins.
Even in woodshed mode a few days later, Clinton couldn’t help adding exclamation marks to his transgression, telling CNN “I’m very sorry for what happened…I thought something had to be done on the fiscal cliff before the election.” A textbook non-apology apology. He never denied the fiscal cliff itself, and in fact used his “apology” to re-emphasize the magnitude of the danger. He also didn’t say he was sorry about what he actually said, just for “what happened”– and that’s his free gift of lovely quotes that the electorate will be seeing in upcoming Romney ads.
Clinton aimed another knee at the presidential jewels during a recent fundraising frolic in NYC. Instead of introducing Obama with the usual verbal pixie dust, Clinton took the opportunity to trumpet his own stellar economic performance in comparison with Obama’s dismal one, booming, “Remember me? I’m the only guy that gave you four surplus budgets out of the eight I sent!”Ouch. Do you really want to remind everyone of your mega-prosperity presidency, generated in part by your own triumph of fiscal prudence (even though crafted by a Republican Congress) while introducing an incumbent who has crashed the economy and unblushingly added over 5 trillion to the national debt? Not if you’re really in his camp.
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