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Hello Bill? Would you STFU?!
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 20, 2008

Democrats are breaking more new ground in the world of election politics. Ok, not Democrats - Bill Clinton:
Prominent Democrats are upset with the aggressive role that Bill Clinton is playing in the 2008 campaign, a role they believe is inappropriate for a former president and the titular head of the Democratic Party. In recent weeks, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, both currently neutral in the Democratic contest, have told their old friend heatedly on the phone that he needs to change his tone and stop attacking Sen. Barack Obama, according to two sources familiar with the conversations who asked for anonymity because of their sensitive nature.
Me? I see it as just another example of Democratic ex-presidents not understanding or respecting the unwritten rules of being an ex-president. And besides, Hillary would kill him if he didn't help. Guess who he's going to listen too - Hillary or Teddy?

And then there's the fact that in pragmatic terms he has been a huge plus (at least up till now) for her and her campaign:
On balance, aides to both Bill and Hillary still see Bill as a huge net plus in fund-raising, attracting large crowds and providing a megaphone to raise doubts about Obama—even if some of those doubts are distortions. But there's concern that in hatcheting the Illinois senator and losing his temper with the news media (last week he thrashed a San Francisco TV reporter for asking about a lawsuit filed by Clinton-backing teachers union members to limit the number of Nevada caucuses), Clinton is drawing down his political capital and harming his role as a global statesman. "This is excruciating," says a member of the Clintons' circle, who asked for anonymity. "But the stakes couldn't be higher. It's worth it to tarnish himself a bit now to win the presidency."
Or, victory at any cost. These are the Clintons we're talking about. Tradition, propriety, good manners? Phaa - we're talking about the presidency for goodness sake.
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Hillary would kill him if he didn’t help. Guess who he’s going to listen too - Hillary or Teddy?
are you trying to bait a joke out of us here bruce?
Written By: ChrisB
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Guess who he’s going to listen too - Hillary or Teddy?
Considering the drinking and womanizing, listening to Hillary would be a drastic change in Bill’s standing policy...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Bill Clinton is probably the perfect person to illustrate James Carville’s remark (which Carville was aiming at Paula Jones, but the shoe fits): "It’s amazing what you can bring out by dragging a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park."
Written By: kishnevi
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Turn that $100 bill into a big-boobed bimbo, and you’re right on the money...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I am still not convinced that Bill wants Hillary to win. I think he will limit his criticism of Obama if he feels he is damaging his own long term image/power, but if he hurts Hillary’s candidacy and can claim that his statements were just the result of his passion and anger at these "bad guys" in the media, then (come Nov 08) he ends up looking good. He can claim "I tried mah best to get Hillary elected" (because on the left intentions are what matter), and still avoid the damage and scrutiny that a second Clinton administration would incur.
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