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AP Says Hillary Clinton Leans On ‘Relic’ Bill

From a surprisingly observant Associated Press:

Hillary Clinton leans on ‘relic’ Bill

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press Writer Sat Jan 5

WASHINGTON – In a presidential race where the Democratic candidates are competing as agents of change, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most reliable campaign prop is something of a political relic — her husband.

The former president was at her side to help put the best face on her third-place finish Thursday in Iowa, and he was beside her again when dawn broke the next day on the final push to Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

“I was never more proud of Hillary in all the days we’ve been together and all the days of this campaign than when she gave that speech in Iowa,” the ex-president told New Hampshire voters.

No loyal spouse would say any less.

But with Bill Clinton, it’s a far more complicated dynamic than simply that of the supportive husband.

He is at once a huge part of her political bona fides and a living reminder of days gone by.

The old days aren’t necessarily a bad thing to Democratic primary voters — the former president has attracted large and enthusiastic crowds as he campaigns for his wife.

“It’s hard to detect any signs of Clinton fatigue in a Democratic primary,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.

But, by the same token, the profile of Bill Clinton isn’t necessarily an ideal backdrop for a campaign in which change is emerging as the coin of the realm and Hillary Clinton is swapping slogans by the week.

“Senator Clinton needs to make this campaign about her vision, her plans and her strengths,” says Brazile.

The candidate’s husband, meanwhile, tends to ramble on about himself.

A survey of Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa found that by a margin of 52 percent to 20 percent, more Democrats said they wanted a candidate who could bring about change than said they were seeking a candidate with the proper experience. And Barack Obama, who won decisively in Iowa, was the overwhelming winner among voters looking for change — he got 51 percent of their votes, compared with 19 percent for Clinton.

Clinton tries to meld two qualities — change and experience — by offering herself as a president “who won’t just call for change, or a president who won’t just demand change, but a president who will produce change, just like I’ve been doing for 35 years.”

Not only does Hillary Clinton have to carefully navigate the change factor as she deploys her husband on the campaign trail, she must deal with the charisma factor as well.

He’s just hands-down the better campaigner.

“When people see him and her together, she suffers by comparison even if he says nothing,” says Baker. “One of the things that the Iowa caucuses demonstrated is that the DNA of political genius is not easily spliced into someone else’s genetics.” …

Of course the Associated Press is echoing the remarks we made about this incongruity yesterday.

It is truly laughable to have Mrs. Clinton present herself as the candidate of change, when she even has spokespersons like Donna Brazile going to bat for her.

But of course Hillary’s whole campaign is founded upon a string of preposterous lies, such as:

Clinton tries to meld two qualities — change and experience — by offering herself as a president “who won’t just call for change, or a president who won’t just demand change, but a president who will produce change, just like I’ve been doing for 35 years.”

Mrs. Clinton has done nothing for 35 years, but run her mouth.

And even then she has never said anything memorable, after all of her speeches, books, and columns. (Remember when she pretended to write a weekly column? Nobody does.)

Can anyone remember anything Mrs. Clinton has said (apart from her gaffes), let alone did?

Still, it must be a little worrisome for the Clinton machine to see their minions in the media bringing up points like this.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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