In case you care: Bill Clinton thinks GOP should pick a “more moderate” candidate

posted at 2:45 pm on June 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

On Good Morning America this morning, former President Bill Clinton had (kind of) kind things to say about GOP presidential frontrunners former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he said, is “doing a better job as a candidate this time than he did four years ago. [He] comes across as more relaxed and more convicted about what he did do, less willing to just be forced into apologizing for it because it violates some part of his party orthodoxy.”

He claimed not to be surprised by the early success of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, because, “I’ve been watching her speak, you know, she comes across as a real person. … The story that they tell is pretty compelling, all those foster children she’s taken in, and children she’s raised and the work she’s done.”

Not surprisingly, he also had praise for the MSM favorite, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (you know, because, polling at an average of 1.7 percent, he makes a natural addition to any assessment of “the leaders of the pack”).

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, he said, “did a very nice, a good job for America as ambassador to China. I think he’s quite an impressive man. He’s got an impressive family. I had the honor of meeting one of his children once and having a conversation with her. I think that he’s refreshingly, kind of, unhide-bound. Just comes across as non-ideological — conservative, but non-ideological, practical.”

Earlier in the segment, Clinton highlighted what he’s looking for in a GOP candidate. “The ones I liked are the ones that you think are more moderate,” he said, “’cause I think they’re a little more connected to the real world. And I think they’ll be — they’d be formidable. … But I’m afraid if I say anything nice about them, they’ll lose, for sure.”

Obviously, electability is both tricky and critical: The GOP has to pick a candidate who can win in the general election. But to gauge who can win, I’d rather the GOP look to the electorate and not to somebody like Clinton, the ultimate politician, whose agenda doesn’t exactly match the conservative platform.

After all, Clinton’s not actually afraid moderate candidates will lose the GOP nomination — he’s afraid the GOP will pick someone who can unseat Obama (and that person, I’d argue, is unlikely to be a milquetoast moderate — and very likely to be whichever candidate most clearly articulates a message that resonates with the values of American voters). If Democrats like Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could only pick our candidate, they’d pick whoever will bow to Obama most obsequiously, whoever will surrender most readily.

Interestingly, Clinton said nothing about former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose position in the polls arguably most resembles Clinton’s at this point in the 1992 Democratic primaries. Perhaps he kept silent because he knows better than anybody Pawlenty could come from behind and win over the public with solid likability, a consistent message and true conservative credibility.

So, two very obvious ideas Clinton should keep in mind if he plans to comment moving forward: 1) The GOP primaries are for GOP voters to decide and 2) Romney and Bachmann might be at the top, and a Huntsman nomination might be on libs’ wish list, but those three aren’t the only candidates in the race.


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Yesterday “I’m here, they need to get it done, I’m here”.

Today – The Power Thug is in Philadelphia, campaigning.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 4:37 PM

“I only pick who I am going to vote for based on who polls the best, not principles….” /random trolls

search4truth on June 30, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Tell you what Billy, let’s let the GOP voters decide who the candidate should be. You can just go have a nice cigar.

JusDreamin on June 30, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Newsflash: Bill Clinton wants us to nominate a RINO. Quelle surprise… Decent of him not to viciously attack Bachmann, but I guess at his level you leave that sort of thing up to your flunkies.

Hey, check out Herman Cain’s new ad, it’s excellent:
http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/06/30/video-herman-cain-unleashes-wicked-attack-ad-on-obama/

Laura Curtis on June 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Awww, thanks, Bill! We always love your advice! It’s good trash-can filler!

Doesn’t he have a cigar to smoke or something?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

The fact that this sleazebag grifter is considered a Democrat hero tells you all you need to know about the contemporary state of that party.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Who does Rex Ryan think should play QB for the NE Patriots?

MJBrutus on June 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM

If we are going to save our Republic we will need someone with fire, stamina and smarts.

Frankly, I haven’t seen anyone other than Bachmann or Palin who is man enough.

Lonetown on June 30, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Hey Bill: MYOB! Go save Anthony Weiner’s marraige, or something…

Khun Joe on June 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Fact: GOP has never lost a presidential election when they choose a conservative candidate.

carbon_footprint on June 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM
1964. But that was only because JFK was assassinated.

NotCoach on June 30, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Yep, a pity vote. Had JFK not been assassinated, he likely would have lost the election of 1964 due to his bumbling incompetence. His industrial-scale adultery might also have been exposed.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 4:33 PM

You’re all high if you think Barry Goldwater could have won that election. Had JFK lived, you can be sure Goldwater would not have been the nominee because Kennedy was beatable.

SukieTawdry on June 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM

We need to remember Clinton might actually want Obama to lose to give Hillary one last shot at the White House after 4 more years.

scotash on July 1, 2011 at 1:10 AM

By more moderate Slick means someone only wanting to boink the interns 60% of the time instead of 98% of the time.

viking01 on July 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

We’ll let you choose our candidate, if you let us choose yours.

(Then we all vote for the independent)

docjohn52 on July 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Shut up Bill!

MCGIRV on July 1, 2011 at 9:13 PM

If Democrats like Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could only pick our candidate, they’d pick whoever will bow to Obama most obsequiously, whoever will surrender most readily.

He means like it was in 2008. I always have felt that at the end McCain seemed to want Obama to win. Since then he has done nothing to change that opinon for the better; quite the opposite.

Franklyn on July 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

This guy should be in jail.

lilium on July 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I hate to say this, but Slick Willy has great taste in candidates. At the moment, my list goes H-man, Mittens, and Bach. I am looking forward to seeing if Rick “Don’t call me Katy or Bush” Perry or Rudy Tuesday jumps in.

Frank T.J Mackey on July 2, 2011 at 9:51 AM

“I only pick who I am going to vote for based on who polls the best, not principles….” /random trolls

search4truth on June 30, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Ain’t that the sad, sick truth. Some bums around here won’t know “how the field shakes out” until they read the polling numbers the day before their respective primaries.

gryphon202 on July 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Hey, GOP!

You have a lot of friends.
Mr. Clinton isn’t one of them.
Ignore his advice after listening politely.
Because he isn’t going to go away.
The LSM will see to that.

TimBuk3 on July 2, 2011 at 11:48 PM

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