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Hillary’s Biggest Problem
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, January 25, 2007

Michael Medved has an interesting column about Hillary Clinton's biggest problem: What to do with Bill?

Sure, he's probably able to give really good political advice. I doubt there's a better politician anywhere in America still alive. But that advice comes at a price.
Most obviously, the former President would upstage his wife at every rally and joint appearance, making her look bad and getting her furious. He is a natural, often spell-binding, incomparably charismatic speaker who forms a deep, visceral connection with both small groups and large crowds. She, on the other hand, seems stilted and awkward; she never looks like she enjoys retail politics the way he does. Anyone who’s been in the same room with both of them can tell you that every woman in the crowd will gravitate toward Bill, while every male will gravitate toward...Bill.
For Ms. Clinton, as a candidate, that's a huge problem. President Clinton still sucks all the oxygen out of a room, by all accounts. People just naturally gravitate towards him. People want to talk to him.

Heck, I want to talk to him.

The trouble is, he's not the candidate. He's not supposed to be the center of attention, his wife is. But let's face it, if Bill Clinton is anywhere near a political rally, and people have a choice between getting close to him and getting close to Sen, Clinton, they're going to choose the former President, not the aspiring one.

How does Mrs. Clinton's campaign handle that? How do you manage not to invite invidious comparisons between the two?
 
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It’s called the bait-and-switch. Bill invites everyone into a big room, then excuses himself, and then everyone notices there’s a presidential candidate in the room.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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The best thing to happen for Hillary is for Bill to die within the next year.

Hillary gets all the attention that Bill’s Funeral will bring plus a healthy dose of sympathy. It would be the only way for his popularity in some way transfer to her. Hillary also doesn’t have Bill sucking up all the oxygen problem either.

If I was Bill, I’d sleep with one eye open.
 
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I was discussing this with my wife last week, and I predicted that on the off chance Hillary became President, she would immediately appoint Bill to something far away, maybe UN Ambassador, or special envoy to someplace with hot chicks.

I agree with the premise, when the Prez and First Dude were together, he would get as much or more attention than her.

Cap
 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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The answer is obvious — no joint appearances.
 
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But wouldn’t the constant separation also start to draw attention? Like, "So, Hillary, how’s your husband holding up being that he hasn’t been in the same room—much less the same bed—with you for the last year and a half?"
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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UN Ambassador would put him in New York, not exactly far away.

Some functionary position in Guam would probably work.

 
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Well, mine was an offhand comment not really worth defending, but: constant separation? Nah, they could still share hotel rooms if they wanted, as long as they were speaking at different venues in the same area. Since both of them are politicians, rather than one just being the spouse of a politician, to my mind it would be totally expected that they’d generally be in different places most of the campaign — more efficient use of political resources that way.
 
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I’m just saying that, whether or not it’s expected, it would draw attention and the question would be asked. Especially since we’re talking about Bill Clinton here.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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They are already separated a lot of the time since Bill travels the world collecting speaking fees.

If asked, Hillary would say "Yeah, its tough to be separated so much, but this nation needs change, and my family is willing to sacrafice to help America"

etc. etc.

 
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and I predicted that on the off chance Hillary became President, she would immediately appoint Bill to something far away, maybe UN Ambassador, or special envoy to someplace with hot chicks.
I’m sure Bill is lobbying to become the Special Ambassador to Amsterdam.
 
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