Can you feel the unity yet? Neither can Bill

posted at 8:15 am on June 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Clintons have not exactly climbed aboard the Barack Obama bandwagon.  In Miami, Bill Clinton had an opportunity to endorse Obama and pointedly took a pass, while showering Obama’s position on global warming with faint praise.  More than two weeks after Hillary’s endorsement of the presumptive Democratic nominee, the Clintons are still hedging their bets (via TMV):

Former President Bill Clinton offered faint praise for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama‘s energy policy on Sunday, saying he preferred it to that of Republican rival John McCain. ….

The former first lady endorsed Obama, urged her supporters to rally behind him and is scheduled to campaign with him later this week.

But her husband has not publicly endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee to succeed President George W. Bush. Asked by journalists when he might do so, Clinton smiled and shook hands with spectators without acknowledging he heard the question.

The faint praise came in regard to Obama’s cap-and-trade preferences.  Clinton still could not offer any significant support for Obama beyond “at least it’s better than the Republican policy,” which indicates the level of enthusiasm Bill has for Obama. He pointed out that Obama’s plan would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 80%, while John McCain’s would reduce them by 70%, and unsubtly implied that the difference was almost inconsequential.

Bill once stated that he would not campaign again in his lifetime, and despite his Miami appearance, it looks like he intends to keep that promise.  What gives?  After two weeks, Hillary has not hit the hustings for Obama, and Billwon’t even match his wife’s public endorsement.  It appears that a great deal of animosity remains between the Clinton and Obama campaigns.

Perhaps that relates to the great deal of debt that remains in the Hillary campaign.  She owes more than $22 million, about half of that from her own pocket.  In order to get Hillary’s endorsement, one has to assume that Obama promised assistance in retiring that debt.  However, with Obama opting out of public financing, he can’t afford to do fundraising for Hillary, and he can’t afford to assume the debt with his own campaign.  That means Hillary has to do her own fundraising, well after she has no claim for the nomination.

Of course, this means she can’t do any fundraising for Obama, either.   It also means she’ll draw money away that may have gone to Obama, from supporters who may still resent Obama’s campaigning in the primaries.  The Clintons are not alone in nursing grudges, and her continued stumping for her own cause doesn’t help bring healing to the party — as Bill himself attested yesterday.


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Oh well!! Life in the big leagues!!!

jeanie on June 23, 2008 at 8:21 AM

So, the consummate liar claims he won’t campaign again in his lifetime?

I can only assume he intends to emulate the Son between now and 2012.

Obama thinks he’s a Messiah? I’ll show him!

(Besides, if he doesn’t, he’ll have to face the Wrath Of Hillary. Even Khan would think twice about risking that.)

cheers

eon

eon on June 23, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Ah, none of this matters. Newsweek’s rigged poll shows Obama with a 15-point lead, so let’s just concede now and begin the transition.

JammieWearingFool on June 23, 2008 at 8:37 AM

I still don’t buy the Clinton debt bullpie. She could wipe out that debt with a few ‘how I lost’ speeches or a book deal. Maybe some cattle futures.

Limerick on June 23, 2008 at 8:40 AM

If only Hillary had taken out additional mortgages to finance her campaign, she would’ve been on track to be bailed out and wouldn’t have to ask people directly to give her the money in an ‘I lost, help support this loser’ plea.

James on June 23, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Bill is a racist.

lol..i’m kidding

bridgetown on June 23, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Narcissists do not handle rejection well.

Bill does not give a rat’s behind about Hillary’s political career. He doesn’t need her, and she doesn’t really need him anymore, either.

Bill is now free to absolutely whatever he wants, with anyone he wants. The question is, who really wants to be seen with him anymore?

And the Clintons should not have to spend any of their own money, ever.

BigD on June 23, 2008 at 8:43 AM

I have to chuckle every time I hear some Dem use the acronym “PUMA”:
Party Unity My Ass.

drunyan8315 on June 23, 2008 at 8:59 AM

She could still gut him like a fish at the convention.

Maybe Barack hasn’t written the check yet, maybe its a smugglers paradise kind of deal where they both hold a knife at each others throats.

Speakup on June 23, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Narcissists do not handle rejection well.

BigD on June 23, 2008 at 8:43 AM

That is precisely why Carter is a thorn in our sides. When I was a boy, former Presidents were dead. Maybe there’s something to this socialized medicine after all.

JiangxiDad on June 23, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Oh Bill,pa———-lease,we don’t have to be told
about your party’s unity problem,we all know the unity
crises started right after the bimbo eruption!

Then,the unity crisis continued,with the infamous gaffe
of Bill”Slick Willy” Clinton’s disrespect and besmirchment
of the African American voter with the “Fairy Tale Comment”

Then,adding insult to injury,on this unity train of Liberal
kumbia- kumbio lets all try and get along,Bill couldn’t keep
his mouth shut,and single handed,torpedoed and scuttled his
wife’s presidential campaign run!

So Bill,we know the Liberal sky is falling,and when bitter
clinging Hilrod supporters meet up in Denver with the Hope
and Change supporters,I bet that atmosphere will be just
full of Unity!!

canopfor on June 23, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Watching the Dems in this nominating season would be funny if the potential outcome wasn’t so scary. They have a “potential” nominee whose record and associations scream *problem, problem, problem* and no one seems to care.

duff65 on June 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Poor used-up Grifter. No longer a party leader or even relevant. Not consulted about anything.Time to go back on the Bimbette Trail, make speeches to 3d-world countries who don’t understand you and/or don’t care. What? What do you mean all those high-paying speaker gigs have dried up? AlGore gets them now? Time to sell Chappaqua and move into your apartment in your orifice in Harlem. Or is Revrum Al still bedding down there?

GeneSmith on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 AM

I hear Obama has a position all picked out for Bill.

Has something to do with grabbing your ankles.

fogw on June 23, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Didn’t we hear that both the Clintons keep an “enemies” list? I suppose Obama makes the top five on both.

Kafir on June 23, 2008 at 9:40 AM

I’m not holding my breath waiting for the Clinton’s to actively campaign for the Obamassiah.

GarandFan on June 23, 2008 at 9:52 AM

GarandFan on June 23, 2008 at 9:52 AM
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Depends on how you parse the word “for”.

Mew

acat on June 23, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Poor used-up Grifter. No longer a party leader or even relevant. Not consulted about anything.Time to go back on the Bimbette Trail, make speeches to 3d-world countries who don’t understand you and/or don’t care.
GeneSmith on June 23, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Clinton was pretty well behaved as an ex-President so long as his wife was in the running.

He may yet turn into a very serious and dangerous loose cannon. I doubt we have heard the last of him.

JiangxiDad on June 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Clinton showing all the enthusiasm for Obama that we’re showing for McCain. Yawn. Stretch. Fart. “At least he’s better than…(fill in the blank)”

whitetop on June 23, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Clinton was pretty well behaved ….

JiangxiDad on June 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Isn’t that an oxymoron?

fogw on June 23, 2008 at 10:08 AM

How did the vaunted Clinton War Room fail to pick up on Ayers, Wright, et. al? They’re left shooting blanks like the “Michelle/whitey tape”. Had they been up to their rep’ they could have clobbered Obama before Iowa. Maybe they think some more rotten fruit will drop between now and August.

Denver is going to be interesting.

i b squidly on June 23, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Sic Semper Tyrannis

landlines on June 23, 2008 at 10:20 AM

The Clintons have not exactly climbed aboard the Barack Obama bandwagon.

Of course they haven’t. They’re betting that the Prophet Barack will stumble and fade so badly that a “dump Obama” movement will take hold. And guess who would be waiting in the wings to save the Party?

irishspy on June 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM

JammieWearingFool on June 23, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Funny you say that. Did you notice how Reuters worded this sentence, “But her husband has not publicly endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee to succeed President George W. Bush.”

I didn’t Obama had won already!

terryannonline on June 23, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Don’t you point that finger at me, Bill! I don’t know where it’s been!

Mazztek on June 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Why can’t Obama help again? Ive heard projections of $200M for the general.

Chuck Schick on June 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Makes you want to reach out and break that finger.

mojo on June 23, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Bill just doesn’t look healthy…Notice his thin, wrinkled, chicken neck which appears to be several sizes too small for his collar…His eyes are not shiny or bright, mostly dull and his sockets seem deeper and withdrawn….His movement slow and deliberate, not sprightly or even slightly quick…His thoughts are more depressed, down beat, pessimistic, and victimized…He never appears jolly or enthused …or optimistic… He has never released any kind of medical information and steadfastly refuses to allow any records to become public….This in spite of his ability to make million and live a very glamorous lifestyle, wherever he wishes and do almost anything or anybody he desires…Soooo, I have thought for a long time that he may have HIV, or worse, an advanced condition of same…Any thought on this????

b4lucy on June 23, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Perhaps that relates to the great deal of debt that remains in the Hillary campaign. She owes more than $22 million, about half of that from her own pocket. In order to get Hillary’s endorsement, one has to assume that Obama promised assistance in retiring that debt. However, with Obama opting out of public financing, he can’t afford to do fundraising for Hillary, and he can’t afford to assume the debt with his own campaign. That means Hillary has to do her own fundraising, well after she has no claim for the nomination.
Of course, this means she can’t do any fundraising for Obama, either. It also means she’ll draw money away that may have gone to Obama, from supporters who may still resent Obama’s campaigning in the primaries. The Clintons are not alone in nursing grudges, and her continued stumping for her own cause doesn’t help bring healing to the party — as Bill himself attested yesterday.

OPERATION CHAOS!

misterpeasea on June 23, 2008 at 3:34 PM

b4lucy,

My guess would be that his heart problems are worse then has been publicized.

Nahanni on June 24, 2008 at 1:09 AM