I don’t believe it but wouldn’t it be nice?

Edward Klein:

How Clinton plans to upstage the president

Not since the feud between Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter tore the Democratic Party apart more than 30 years ago have two panjandrums of the party loathed each other quite as much as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

And yet this week, television viewers will be treated to a remarkable spectacle at the Democratic National Convention: Clinton will stand before a cheering throng of delegates on Thursday night and deliver a primetime speech nominating Obama, a man he once dismissed as incompetent, as president of the United States.


My sources inside the Obama campaign tell me that the last thing Obama wanted to see was Clinton, one of the country’s greatest orators, standing at the podium of the Democratic convention and sucking all the air out of the place.


Enter Bill Clinton, who presided over boom times and balanced budgets in the 1990s and whose 66% favorability rating outstrips Obama’s job approval rating by 20 points. As the most admired Democrat in the country, Clinton appeals to the very constituency — white working-class voters — that gives Obama the most trouble.

And so Clinton was signed on to remind voters of the glory days of a Democratic president’s economy. Since then, Clinton has been furiously at work writing his speech in longhand, as is his custom. As he’s continued to revise the speech, he has received numerous suggestions from the Obama camp about what they want him to say. This, according to my sources, has made Clinton furious.

The Obama campaign has insisted on seeing the speech before Clinton delivers it, and Clinton has just as insistently refused to show it to them. As a result, no one — not even the president — knows what Clinton intends to say. This has led some Democratic insiders to speculate that Clinton will make not-so-flattering remarks about the last four years of Democratic rule in the White House.

“If I were the president,” one of these insiders told me, “I’d wake up at night in a cold sweat wondering what surprises Clinton is going to come up with.”

It is about 99% certain that Edward Klein is full of shit. But he just guaranteed that I will be watching every minute of the Big Dawg’s speech.

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62 Responses to I don’t believe it but wouldn’t it be nice?

  1. DM says:

    Unlike Obama, Clinton is a Democrat, and he’ll support any Democratic administration, even if he doesn’t like the empty suit in the WH.

    • carol haka says:

      And therein lies the problem = Politians that are gutless wonders that put party over the best interest of America and it’s people that are drowning in a sea of corruption. The Clintons know every nasty disgusting corrupt treasonous thing about Barack Hussein Obama. To show them respect when they are complicit in the coverup is pathetic. Let Bill speechify all day long. If he doesn’t say “throw them all out” he’s a traitor also. 👿 👿 👿 Palin thank you for yor courage. You are the most courageous of them all.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Bill knows that Obama and his core anti-clinton zombies, er, supporters, would love nothing better than to blame a loss on Bill. They’re very good at finding fault (and dog whistles) with others. And on top of that Bill is a loyal party member. So I don’t think he’d say anything negative about Obama. I think he will make the case for Obama, but really more generally a Dem president, over a Repub president. And I think he will push the Dem policy choices and ideas.

    Having said that, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t add inconvenient self promotional reflections that can’t help but make Obama look bad in comparison. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill didn’t slip in a few subtle but ambiguous references that could be taken as knocks against Obama.

    Definitely the speech to watch. I hope there is some new blood showcased that would be good to watch. But even if there are, they’ll be used to help Obama vs. the Dem party.

  3. cj says:

    I wish, but I doubt it. BC will get a few jabs in, but any sabotage will be subtle. Clinton may turn out to be the least of BO’s worries though.

    Torrential rain, sand sculpture, no tarp. B of A stadium, no top, no contigency plans. What could go wrong?

  4. yttik says:

    Has everyone seen the ad Bill Clinton made for President Obama? I don’t know if it will hurt of help.

  5. mcnorman says:

    Bill speaking will be almost as painful as the “empty chair.” Compare and contrast.

  6. DM says:

    Obama plans to stay in campaign mode during his second term.

    Over his first term, Mr. Obama, 51 years old, has fundamentally shifted his view of modern presidential power, say those who know him well. He is now convinced the most essential part of his job, given politically divided Washington, is rallying public opinion to his side.

    As a result, if he wins a second term, Mr. Obama plans to remain in campaign mode.


  7. JohnSmart says:

    Thoughts: 1. Don’t know if it’s bullshit but the point of the Klein piece to get you to watch. Clinton speaks = nice audience. Clinton, who hates Obama speaks for Obama = big ratings bump. Faux drama is the American drug right now…hence reality TV.

    2. I bet Clinton will do a great job. So great, in fact, that no one will be able to avoid thinking that he was a better President. Still, he’ll do the job. Obama will be helped by the Clinton speech.

    3. The most interesting thing about the DNC conclave so far is Hillary bailing for the Cook Islands, China, Russia. There is no place further she could go except the South Pole. And the SoS can do what she wants. Canceling that trip would have been easy. Further, if the Clintons liked Obama it is easy to justify SoS Clinton being in the arena, if not being partisan: Former first lady, her husband speaking etc. She’s far away for a reason beyond her job being above partisanship.

  8. JohnSmart says:

    Also, the Obama/Chavez comparison is a good one. He’s a cult leader. Cult leaders always think their presence is what matters most.

  9. DandyTiger says:

    So CSPAN is running lots of old convention acceptance speeches. My Obot friends are watching the 2008 Obama one and falling in love all over again. Mind boggling.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Subliminal messaging.

    • DM says:

      I’ve never heard that speech. I only know excerpts because people talk about them, like the one about stopping the oceans from rising and healing the Earth. I never seem to have time to listen to him because I’ve never heard a single speech.

    • Karma says:

      I saw bits of Carter’s while channel surfing and the text that Obama’s was next so the sane could avoid it.

      But once again, what was Obama/OFA thinking when they invited Carter? I guess they have to highlight anything that Obama has improved. And Carter’s rep as the worst modern president has gone up a notch.

  10. DandyTiger says:

    Rasmussen poll shows Repubs registration is 4 points higher than Dem registration (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/01/gop-voters-at-all-time-high).

    Add on top of that the enthusiasm gap. Recent poll showed under 40% of Dems enthused about voting O vs. over 60% of Repubs enthused about voting R.

    Now think about almost all of the polls showing, as is standard practice, assumptions of 2008 numbers (more Dems and way more Dem enthusiasm). For a while I was thinking change the often 5+ Dem skew to be even (so subt. 2.5 from Dem, add 2.5 to Repub). I don’t think that’s right. I’d subtract 5 from Dem and add 5 to Repub numbers on any of these polls. Including the recent 6 point bounce of Romney/Ryan.

    That would fit with the internal Virginia poll showing Romney winning by 10 points. Shh, don’t tell any Obots.

  11. DM says:

    Any poll bump for Romney from the RNC convention won’t be seen until new polls are gathered after last Thursday. If there was a bump, the Gallup Tracking poll should begin showing better numbers for Romney in 2 days because it’s a 7 day rolling average poll.

    • DM says:

      Crazy b@stards. I don’t know what else to call those people who use religion for cruelty.

    • HELENK says:

      islam is not a religion it is a sickness.

      when I read this all i could think of how terrified that kid had to be.
      there has to be a special place in hell for this bastard

  12. DM says:

    We all misunderstood the hope-change-unity promise.

    NYT:Obama did not change Washington. For each side, it’s clear who’s to blame.

    White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said there has been a misunderstanding of just what Obama was talking about in 2008 when he called for a new politics.

    “The president didn’t promise an era of kumbaya politics in which everyone agreed,” he said. “The primary thing he talked most about was that politicians too often ran from big problems that had haunted our country for decades. Whether folks like it or not, he did jump in and take on very big problems with full knowledge that they would have political consequences for him.”

    • lyn5 says:

      LOL! WTF is going on with the Empty Chair’s campaign? First, it defines Romney as a felon and a cancer-causing murderer. And now it’s saying that the country misunderstood Empty Chair’s promise of hope and change. Sounds like bait and switch to me. And the Empty Chair has not suffered any political consequences yet. His cult followers still adore him when he speaks at college campuses. That was his “new politics.”

  13. westcoaster says:

    Paul Ryan is a LIAR! I’ll never vote for him now! He ran a marathon in 4 hours and not 3 … /s aaaand the race was 20 years ago. What would I do without NBC..

  14. how to know DEFINITIVELY if you’re a racist BTW:

  15. threewickets says:

    Ryan Sleeza in the New Yorker on the same topic. I don’t think Hillary is planning a 2016 run.

    For Clinton, the politics are more complicated. His associates take it as a given that he would like nothing more than to see his wife become President. Hillary Clinton will step down as Secretary of State after the campaign and begin the process of deciding whether she will run in 2016. By some measures, a defeat for Obama in November would leave Hillary the undisputed leader of her party and propel her toward the Oval Office that much faster. At least one of Clinton’s closest advisers seems to be backing that strategy. According to two people with direct knowledge, Douglas Band has said that he will vote for Romney. Band declined to comment.

  16. gxm17 says:

    Happy Vacant Chair Day, everyone. Hope you’re kicking back and raising a glass to our imaginary preznit. Cheers!

    • landolincoln says:

      Nah, think I’d rather raise a glass to Clint–who had the good sense to get out of politics once his stint as mayor of Carmel was done.

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