…And the show rolls-on!
And what an extraordinary show it has been over the past several days, watching Bill and Hillary Clinton run for President.
Before we look at recent events, let’s go back a long, long time ago - - like, all the way back to February of this year. It was a very different era back then, for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
You might recall that as recently as February, there was much chatter about how Bill might “hurt” Hillary’s pursuits, especially if anybody dared to mention the “I” word - - impeachment - - in her presence.
In fact, according to the Washington Post, way back then Hillary campaign operatives were informing folks with other campaigns about Mrs. Clinton’s so-called “eleventh commandment”: “Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband.” Clinton, they reasoned, was putting her “rivals on notice” and was all but daring other Democrats “to mention the ordeal again.”
Her folks 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.”
Further, 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.
Well, that was back in February.
And sixty days later, in April of this year, Hillary appeared to have abandoned her concerns over “the politics of personal destruction” and a close association with an impeached former President, and was once again happy to have Bill at her side. In fact, it was April of this year when she announced that, when she becomes President, she’ll appoint Bill to be America’s “Ambassador to the World.”
Since that speech, wherein she described Bill as “a great cheerleader for America,” the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign has featured President Bill in a variety of venues, with the consensus largely being that Bill is a tremendous asset.
But then the last Democratic debate happened, and afterwards Bill went, shall we say, “off script” just a bit.
The sequence of events went something like this:
First, Hillary got accused by her rivals of flip-flopping on everything from the war in Iraq, to illegal immigration policy, in the debate.
Then a few days later Bill Clinton shot-back at his fellow Democrats, saying that they were "piling on," and engaging in a "smear campaign" of his wife.
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.