Remember back a long, long time ago when people fretted over how Bill’s foibles might impact Hillary’s fortunes?
It’s been quite a long while - - like, about sixty days ago - - since we were informed of Hillary’s new “commandment” for the current election season. As the Washington Post put it, “Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband.”
It’s true. Earlier this year Mrs. Clinton “put her rivals on notice” and all but dared other Democrats “to mention the ordeal again.” Her campaign operatives even threw out a pre-emptive strike, claiming that anyone daring to reference Bill’s White House problems would be engaging in “the politics of personal destruction,” and would be “hitting below the belt.”
Not only that, some were suggesting way back then that Hillary might at times need to silently avoid having Bill with her on the campaign trail because, loveable as he is, President Bill Clinton still denotes scandal and chaos in the minds of some American voters.
That was two months ago, and, well, you know…times have changed.
Today, Bill Clinton has emerged as the new Jackie-O!
And how in the world could former President Clinton possibly compare to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?
Well, first let’s do a quick review of the Kennedy’s. Americans quite rightly have a soft spot in their hearts for the former President, and hopefully always will. Any life senselessly cut short by an assassin’s bullet raises a sense of shame and injustice in the American psyche, and when it’s the life of a President that is taken, the nation’s entire history is stained.
Similarly, Jackie-O will forever be the object of deep American sympathy and respect, especially given the existence of that traumatic video footage of her at the moment of her husband’s shooting, and for the dignified life she created for herself after leaving the White House.
But long before Jacqueline Kennedy was an Onassis - - indeed, long before John F. Kennedy was President - - the First Lady- to-be was a profoundly helpful “resource” in helping to get her husband elected.
Beautiful and charming, she once wandered into a grocery store in Wisconsin back in 1960 and turned the visit into a seemingly impromptu campaign event. Commandeering the microphone of the store’s p.a. system, Mrs. Kennedy began speaking, saying “…Just keep on with your shopping…while I tell you about my husband…”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.