Who’s Your Daddy? GOP Strategist Says Clinton’s Speech “Probably Reelected Obama”
In the 2008 election, Barack Obama was vying with Hillary Clinton over who would become the standard bearer for the Democratic Party. Now, a mere four years later, Bill Clinton is playing the role of tutor to young President Obama.
President Obama’s White House staff isn’t filled with new people Obama helped pick. It’s filled with Clinton devotees, people who owe their political fortune to Clinton, not Obama. And now that Obama is slipping in the polls among white voters, here comes Bill Clinton, in a speech at the Democratic National Convention, to save the day. Clinton’s speech was so good that GOP commentator and CNN pundit Alex Castellanos said that Democrats can just end the convention now, without even hearing from President Obama.
“I would recommend to my friend Paul [Begala] here, tonight when everybody leaves, lock the doors. You don’t have to come back tomorrow. This convention is done,” Castellanos said. “This will be the moment that probably reelected Barack Obama. Bill Clinton saved the Democratic Party once, it was going too far left, he came in, the new Democrats took it to the center. He did it again tonight.”
The credit for saving the Democratic Party from Romney-Ryan isn’t going to President Obama, but to former President Clinton. It is customary for a popular ex-President to speak at his party’s convention, but Obama calls in Clinton whenever he’s in a tight spot.
Remember in 2010 when President Obama brought Bill Clinton in during a press conference to support the White House framework agreement to extend tax cuts for all Americans and extend unemployment benefits? Some saw that as an indication that Obama was unable to make his own sell, and really own the White House. That Castellanos said we could end the Democratic Convention without hearing from Obama speaks volumes.
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