It doesn’t take a genius to see that former President Bill Clinton wants President Obama to lose in November.
Clinton, who never liked Obama, is still angry over the way the President “played the race card” against him when he was campaigning for Hillary in the 2008 South Carolina primaries.
More importantly, say what you will about Bill Clinton’s policies and characters, Bill Clinton is of heartland America and understands all of America in ways Barack Obama never will. Clinton sees Obama as an arrogant left wing ideologue who lacks the political instincts to adjust his policies when circumstances warrant.
When Clinton was hit hard in the 1994 mid-term Congressional elections and the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives for the first time in four decades, Clinton got the message. He dropped Hillary’s government run health care proposals and tacked hard to the right.
In contrast, when the Tea Party movement fueled the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2010 mid-term elections, President Obama doubled-down to the left. Inspirational “Hope and Change” vanished, replaced by the blame shifting and downbeat negative attacks that have marked his Presidency ever since.
Earlier in the week, President Clinton praised Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business record, a direct repudiation of Obama’s ill-advised efforts to portray Romney’s years at Bain Capital as “vampire capitalism.” Yesterday, Clinton was back on the Obama campaign bus–sort of–endorsing the incumbent President and faint heartedly saying a Romney Presidency would be “calamitous.”
No one, of course, thinks that’s what former President Clinton really means. His intentions are clear. He will do just enough to raise money for President Obama so that loyal Democrats won’t call him a turncoat. The Clintons look forward to helping President Obama open the doors of the Barack Obama Presidential Library some wintry Chicago day in 2014 . Meanwhile, on November 7, 2012, you can bet the entire Clinton machine, after having helped Romney secure a victory with their luke warm support for Obama, will turn their attention to the main prize once more–a Hillary Clinton run for President in 2016.
Michael Patrick Leahy is the co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and ElectionDayTeaParty.com, and a Breitbart News Contributor. His new book, Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, was recently published by Broadside Books. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy.