The idea that Bill Clinton would somehow, in some region of the country, in some portion of the electorate, hurt Hillary Rodham Clinton's run for the White House is patently absurd.
He's popular, remember? He's a decent politician, with a particular knack for connecting with people and making them sympathetic and supportive of him.
He has very little to offer when it comes to sound public policy or a personal history of honesty, and yet everyone looks the other way because of his underlying likability.
Now me? I can't say I'm a fan, and neither can most voters like me, but they're not looking for my vote. They're looking for the votes of the left-leaning electorate, and while left-leaners may not hate Hillary Clinton, they love their Bill.
No one in the entire Democrat Party is more supportive of the political career of Hillary than of Bill's. Considering their disparate political skills, connection with people and fundamental understanding of the American people, the difference between Hillary and Bill Clinton, to paraphrase Mark Twain, is like the difference between a lightning bug and a lightning bolt.
In short, to win the White House, all Bill Clinton needed was a weak Democrat field in 1992, weak Republican opponents, strong, right-leaning third-party candidates entering the race and a national media (still unchecked by the blogosphere) so enamored and supportive that there wasn't a single un-spun political news story from 1992 to 2001.
Hillary? To win the White House and restore the Clinton dynasty to its Oval Office birthright, Mrs. Clinton will need something more: a massively funded, exclusively loyal and obedient political infrastructure outside the Democrat Party, belonging solely to her. Democrat operatives, upon leaving the White House in 2001, understood this and immediately got to work.
The results are everywhere, in what David Horowitz has identified as the Clintons' "Shadow Party." Since January 2001, the Clinton administration has been planning, building and implementing a dizzying array of interconnected organizations, staffed by veterans of the Clinton Wars and dedicated to the single purpose of putting Hillary Clinton in the White House. How? Simple.
Need a policy idea? Go to the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank funded by socialist billionaire George Soros (remember that name) and run by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta and housing Clintonistas Robert Boorstin, Gene Sperling and Matt Miller. Soros pledged $3 million to start the group, which a source told UPI was "the official Hillary Clinton think tank."
Tom DeLay is the former House Majority Leader, the second ranking leader in the United States House of Representatives, and co-author of No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight.