Top Bill Clinton confidant Douglas Band has said that he will vote for Republican Mitt Romney, according to a report in The New Yorker, apparently a move to strengthen Hillary Clinton’s position in the Democratic Party.
In revealing the relationship between President Barack Obama and former President Clinton, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza drops a fascinating tidbit in the second-to-last paragraph of the story.
“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 [Bill] Clinton’s closest advisers seems to be backing that strategy,” writes Lizza. “According to two people with direct knowledge, Douglas Band has said that he will vote for Romney. Band declined to comment.”
IOW – A vote for Romney is a vote for Hillary!
I agree with the strategy. It’s what I have been saying for several years now. If Obama wins then the Republicans are a lock to win in 2016.
If Romney wins there are two obstacles to Hillary running successfully in 2016:
1. The economy – If the economy is turned around and unemployment is down, Mitt will be almost certain to win a second term (and he would deserve it).
2. Benghazi – We still don’t know how big a stain the Benghazi attack/cover-up will leave on Hillary’s record.