Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Is This the Kind of Support Obama Can Expect From the Clintons?

For more by Scott Martin, including a live-blog of tonight's DNC speeches, visit Conservatism Today.

Bill Clinton today posed a "hypothetical" question that it would seem many Hillary supporters are asking themselves right now.

From HotAir:

Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday.

The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.

He said: “Suppose you’re a voter, and you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?

Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”

Of course it doesn't. This is going to be the key question of this convention. Will the Clinton's fully back Obama and enthusiastically urge her supporters to go with Obama, or will they (looking to her possible 2012 run) continue to do things like this? I expect Bill, eager to rehabilitate his badly wounded image among many Democrats, to deliver one of the best speeches he ever has. But if I'm right on this, then why does he continue to make statements like this. I'm at a loss.


  1. As long as there is no Democratic president, Clinton is still in many ways the de-facto leader of the party. Add that to his wife failing to caputre the nomination, and you have a guy with some real tensions inside him.

    Hillary has pretty obviously made it clear that she wants her supporters to back Obama, but I think it might be harder for Bill, having once been the president, to let go.

    But the party is not really divided and neither are our supporters. Clinton's speech will hopefully focus on John McCain, and not on the imaginary intra-party strife the Democrats are supposed to be experiencing.

  2. Bottom line. Hillary does not want BHO to get elected. She make act like she does - however tepidly. She wants to run in 2012 - and having BHO out of the way is a necessity.

    Further - IMHO, Bill did not really want Hillary to get the nomination. Nothing else can explain his bumbling performance on the campaign trail. He is way too keen a politician to do it accidentally.


  3. McCain will win as long as he doesn't have any major screw ups along the way. BHO will make many mistakes without a telepromter in front of him, and people (at least the ones he hasn't brainwashed) will see through his socialist leaning and his America hating wife.