After that, several of Hillary's rivals - - John Edwards, Barack Obama, and even Christopher Dodd - - shot-back at both Bill AND Hillary, saying that they were both being "Outrageous!"
And then some folks from the Hillary campaign, speaking on condition of anonymity, of course, admitted that Bill’s remarks after the debate were not “officially” a part of the campaign response, and were likely a “hindrance” to advancing Hillary’s agenda.
And as if all that isn’t sufficiently interesting, here’s more: Hillary’s lead over Obama in the polls dropped.
The visceral reaction from Obama and Edwards to Hillary’s bungling of the “drivers licenses for illegals” debate question is very telling. And so was the willingness of other Democrats to criticize Bill and Hillary’s behavior after the debate. Both of these episodes point to a significant reality: despite Bill’s success at being twice elected, and despite the Clintons’ prowess at fundraising, under the surface there is still tremendous resentment among many Democrats over the “Clintonizing” of their party.
And this points to a broader question that must be answered by both Republicans and Democrats, and all other Americans as well: do we want to return the Bill and Hillary Show to Washington, and to a “Clintonized” White House?
Regardless of whether Bill helps or hurts right now, one thing is certain. If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes our forty-fourth president, we will have at least another four years of their synergistic co-leadership, just as we had from 1993 until 2001.
Sure, some aspects of this would be new - - we’ve never had a female President before, we’ve never had a male First Spouse, and we’ve never had a former President be the First Spouse. But both Bill’s and Hillary’s finger prints will appear on all things Washington, just as was the case before.
And regardless of whether one likes the “show” or not, one thing is certain: regardless of anybody else’s fortunes, the Clinton’s always make things work out nicely for themselves.
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.