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Roger Simon: Bill Clinton Is Out Of Control

From the Politico:

Bill Clinton is out of control

By: Roger Simon
June 5, 2012

Bill Clinton has to be the smartest guy in the room even when he’s not in the room. Clinton is not on Barack Obama’s campaign staff, is not a trusted adviser, does not set Obama’s strategy.

But Bill Clinton is pretty good at sabotaging Obama’s strategy. He did so last week when he went on television and said Mitt Romney had a “sterling” record while running Bain Capital.

The Obama message is exactly the opposite. The Obama campaign had just run a TV ad claiming that working Americans had been harmed by Bain Capital and included one man saying Bain had been a “vampire” that “sucked the blood out of us.”

Obama does not need Clinton undercutting him. The two are not close, but they are not supposed to be enemies. They have golfed together, they attend fundraisers together, their staffs talk and, oh, yeah, Clinton’s wife is Obama’s secretary of state.

There are two things going on here. First, Clinton has always been cozier with Wall Street than Obama. In January 1999, I was at a very odd event for then-President Clinton on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center.

Richard Grasso, then-chairman of New York Stock Exchange, stood up and said, “In my little corner of southern Manhattan, the Dow Jones industrial average during the course of President Clinton’s tenure tripled. We have the lowest unemployment in 30 years, and 16 million jobs have been created!”

The crowd, which included a number of financial titans, cheered. This was a year after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke and months after Clinton had been impeached, but Wall Street did not care. Bill Clinton had been good for The Street, and The Street liked him

Times were good, Clinton got the credit and, today, he still has a lot of friends in business and high finance and these friends help fund his philanthropic endeavors.

Barack Obama has fewer friends in high finance. He inherited an economy devastated by a derivative bubble and a housing bubble and ravished by the unbridled greed of some Wall Street firms, which took taxpayer bailouts with one hand and gave themselves huge bonuses with the other.

So the two men have different views of how “sterling” The Street operates.

Second, there is the little matter of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton was the early favorite, but she lost to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton helped her lose.

He made one of the biggest strategic mistakes of her entire campaign: He insisted she seriously compete in South Carolina. Hillary’s staff wanted to spend its time and resources elsewhere, judging that South Carolina, with its large black electorate, was unwinnable

In Dartmouth, N.H., an angry, finger-wagging Bill had called Obama’s campaign a “fairy tale.” Jim Clyburn, a highly respected black congressman from South Carolina, felt insulted and publicly told Bill to “chill a little bit” and “tone it down.”

But Bill wouldn’t listen. And at a primary day rally in Columbia, S.C., he pooh-poohed Obama’s impending win by saying: “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88,” meaning, in other words, that Obama’s South Carolina victory would be as insignificant for him as it was for Jackson.

This was widely viewed as racially insensitive. Jake Tapper of ABC News referred to it as “race-baiting.”

Obama would crush Hillary Clinton in South Carolina by 28.9 percentage points, the first blowout of the primary campaign

So why would Bill be angry at Obama for Bill’s mistake? Because we never blame ourselves for our mistakes, we blame those who profit from them

Bill Clinton is a genuine political genius. But only when it comes to his own campaigns.

“As the campaign kicked off, there was a conscious effort to not have Bill out there,” Hillary’s campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, told me. “We used him strategically to raise money.”

The Obama campaign wants to use Bill the same way. Raise money, tone it down and chill out.

We would say that the last part there is an especially harsh and direct insult to Mr. Clinton.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how Clinton reacts. If he is still willing to fundraise with Obama after this seeming slap.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Roger Simon: Bill Clinton Is Out Of Control”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    After 2 terms…this is news?!

  2. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    He must have hit on Mrs. Simon at their last DC cocktail party.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What’s really hilarious is that for all the demagog-ing the national socialists do as concerns conservativism, that being “controlling”, “demanding”, “inflexible”, etc, they themselves are charter members of the micro-management brigade. Even when it comes to working within their own circles, they still love to tell others how to do things.

    I’ve often said it and I mean it: “The most militant people I’ve ever known have never served one single day in the military”. This is often coupled with the statement that they condemn the military for being “too confining, too rigid” then those same, self-professed experts on tolerance give me the stink-eye when I go chapter and verse on each and every time they’ve been inflexible, demanding and perverse.

    I still insist that national socialists all hate one another. It’s just that they hate conservatives more and thus join against us as their common enemy. But left to their own devices, everything they do is failure. They excel at failure. Have been failures their whole lives. One can say, “educated idiots” but today I was listening to Rush and the concept of “sophisticated idiocy” crossed my mind. I liked it so much as to write it here.

    The sophisticated idiot buys a Bentley, not because he’s impressed by the finely stitched leather or the sophisticated suspension and other engineering, but because he’s an actor. An actor in the sense that “this is what sophisticated people drive”. Or so he thinks. This is why I love the old series, “Columbo” as he rattled around in his Peugeot 406, indeed as a cabriolet, a truly rare car as he has said in several episodes. But while facing off with the categorically aloof murder suspect, Columbo unravels the sophistry of the perp’s fencing skills and gets to the core of the matter.

    Sophisticated idiots are unaware of how the rest of the world views them as the emperor in their new clothes. They just don’t get it. Wagyu beef and other delicacies do not the sophisticated palate make, nor does having a Van Gogh hanging in your living room make you a connoisseur of fine art. Nor does driving a Bentley categorically make you a sophisticated motorist.

    I have to submit to that crackerjack founder of modern psychology, Murphy: “A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.” All sophistication aside, I have met many a sophisticated idiot.

  4. Anonymoose says:

    Bill was the original Rock Star president. Unlike Obama, who has had his connections as well as his image crafted for him, Clinton made his connections on his own. The man is sleaze, pure and simple, but could charm the socks off of nearly anyone. Obama just gives a phony lecture from a teleprompter.

    Clinton wants nothing better than to be back in office, preferably with some heroic crisis to cement his name in the history books.

    He’s mad he’s going to be remembered more for his impeachment and Monica Lewinsky.

    He’s mad he’s no longer the darling of the media.

    He’s mad his gun control bills didn’t work, more for his “legacy” than anything else.

    He’s mad people aren’t putting the 90’s economic boom all at his feet–which was due more to the Internet than him, and he set in motion the unraveling of it all by doing away with the depression era legislation that intended to keep the economy from exploding again, and signed off on NAFTA which has been disastrous for manufacturing.

    He’s mad he couldn’t get a third term, but the economy was slowing down and he likely would have finally worn out his welcome with voters.

    He’s mad Hillary didn’t get the nomination, so he could at least be co-president.

    No, Bill is far from out of control. This is just a couple of minor quips showing the frustration underneath it all. When he gets out of control the media will be in full damage control spin mode.

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