A highly strategic political game is being played out right before our eyes between the leader of the old-school liberal Democrats and the leader of the new-school socialist Democrats. When Bill Clinton atoned for his sins in a New York City joint fundraiser with Obama, all I heard was “This Obama guy is no Bill Clinton”.
Don’t misunderstand Clinton when he calls Romney qualified and praises Romney’s business record. Clinton is not giving up on his party affiliation. If anything, he is trying to convert his party back to what it was before Obama. Dick Morris is likely right when he insinuates that Clinton doesn’t want four more years of Obama. But Clinton doesn’t necessarily want to see his party fail. Nor does he want to lose the power and influence he has amassed for himself in the DNC. He just wants to see Obama fail.
That is why Clinton’s endorsement was not a call to support Obama, but a veiled warning to stay home in 2012. Clinton reminded the crowd that he is the one who gave them four balanced budgets. Contrast that with Obama who has increased the deficit by a trillion and a half dollars every year in office, and whose wildest dreams of a budget won’t balance even ten years after he leaves office. Every Obama budget has been voted down bi-partisanly as outlandish to both Republicans and liberal Democrats. Nothing says “vote for the guy who’s added $6 trillion to the deficit” like an endorsement from someone who’s record is the polar opposite. Clinton flaunting his budget record in his Obama endorsement was no mistake or gaffe.
Now, Clinton is not a deficit hawk. He is not pro-austerity, and he certainly is not a conservative. Anyone who has been alive long enough knows that it was Newt Gingrich who dragged Clinton kicking and screaming into those balanced budgets. But Clinton’s perception of himself is as a non-socialist compassionate liberal who cut spending and saw it work.
Clinton cannot support Romney. First, Clinton is not a conservative. He opposes Romney on social issues. He doesn’t really agree with Romney on fiscal issues. Second, Clinton has no higher ambition at this point than to maintain what he has: his life as a Democrat celebrity. An actual endorsement of Romney would destroy the Clinton dynasty.
But at the same time, Clinton knows what works and what doesn’t. Even he can look at the Obama record and see what danger our country is in if the new-school socialist Democrats win. Setting aside Clinton’s personal and racial beef with Obama, he understands what Obama’s out of control spending will do to the Democrat party’s legacy, and by extension his own, if Obama is given another four years to outspend revenues by over a trillion a year.
If Obama is smart, he will find a way to keep Bill Clinton in whatever corner of the country he has kept Joe Biden for the last four years. However, don’t count old Slick Willy out yet. Obama may be about to get schooled by the original campaigner-in-chief.
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