Bill Clinton not exactly a boon to Obama?

posted at 2:01 pm on June 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When Bill Clinton undercut Barack Obama’s argument on Bain last week, he was hardly alone; it appeared that more of Obama’s campaign surrogates rejected that argument against private equity than spoke for it.  The entire attack strategy has flopped despite Obama himself saying that this was what the election would be about.   Politico columnist Roger Simon reserves his ire for Clinton, however, in undercutting Obama, calling him “out of control”:

Bill Clinton has to be the smartest guy in the room even when he’s not in the room.

Clinton is not on Barack Obama’s campaign staff, is not a trusted adviser, does not set Obama’s strategy.

But Bill Clinton is pretty good at sabotaging Obama’s strategy.

He did so last week when he went on television and said Mitt Romney had a “sterling” record while running Bain Capital.

Simon says that “Obama does not need Clinton undercutting him,” but seems to be unaware that Clinton was hardly alone.  Cory Booker called the ad (which Simon “liked”) “nauseating,” at least until the Obama campaign leaned on him hard enough to get a recantation.  Harold Ford then said Booker had no need to apologize and blasted the ad himself, as did Ed Rendell and other prominent Democrats; Rendell did so again yesterday. The attack flopped badly enough that by late last week the Obama campaign had to ask Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed to carry its water on the Bain attack — only to be challenged on his own hiring of two Bain executives and his former praise for the private-equity firm:

“I agree that Bain is fair game, but if it’s fair game, it’s fair game for the mayor, too, and he has some explaining to do,” Cardinale told 11Alive News on Monday.

Cardinale criticized Reed for saying it’s OK to criticize Romney’s Bain experience while he’s benefited from it himself.

“He had all these glowing things to say about the same company just two years ago on his own Facebook page,” he said.

Mayor Reed did praise Bain and Company, a related firm, when he hired one of its employees, Peter Aman, as his first Chief Operating Officer.

He has since hired another Bain consultant, Hans Utz as Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

That’s been the problem with the Bain attacks all along.  While Obama attacked Romney for normal private-equity management, he’s been trying to raise money hand over fist from the same industry.  In fact, a Bain executive, Jonathan Lavine, is one of Obama’s major bundlers and was with the company (and Romney was not) when GS Industries shut down the steel plant, a decision used to slam Romney in an Obama campaign ad.

Instead of acknowledging these contradictions and hypocrisies, Simon chooses to cast Clinton’s supposed heresy as a singular event, and assumes that it’s motivated by personal animus towards Obama over Hillary’s loss in 2008.  That could be true, and a few people have speculated that Clinton might want to see Obama lose to make Hillary more attractive as a Democratic nominee in 2016.  However, it’s also just as true that Clinton waited for quite a while to defend Romney’s business record, and his advice in this case — to find another line of attack — is probably a lot smarter than Simon’s advice to keep beating a very dead horse.


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Bill/Hillary are praying for Obama to lose, no doubt whatsoever.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The more Slick Willie is out there, the more folks are reminded of how smarmy he was and is.

As far as helping Obama’s campaign, it’s like throwing a drowning man an anvil.

Joe Mama on June 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Why…it’s almost as if the Bark Administration is packed solid with clueless dolts who don’t have a clue how to run an operation more complex than a lemonade stand.

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

BJ is a great asset to our side…

OmahaConservative on June 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“Remember me, 4 years of balanced budgets”

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“Slick/Sabotagey/Willy”!!

canopfor on June 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

boy the media does get mad when someone undercuts their boyfriend.

IR-MN on June 5, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Dem Civil War!

faraway on June 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Bill Clinton not exactly a boon to Obama?

…BJ believes in boons to Bill Clinton only!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Clinton might want to see Obama lose to make Hillary more attractive as a Democratic nominee in 2016

I don’t know how much easier Hillary’s run would be if Obama loses.

She’d be going up against an incumbent rather than another newby. She would have the White House help her with her run. She could resign as Secretary of State in 2014 to start the campaign, no hard feelings.

Besides, what other Democrat luminary would be running? Biden?

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Obama campaign Plan A: Shoot the messenger.

Cicero43 on June 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Obama is destroying the Party that Bill & Hillary built.

And I laugh and enjoy every second of it.

portlandon on June 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

My fear is that Clinton will mess up Obama messing up. By undercutting O’s stupid strategies he is forcing Team O to rethink them. BC is a much better campaigner than O.

mankai on June 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Blue-on-blue violence. Mmmm…Delicious!

I knew Bubba or the Hildabeast would get out the long knives for Obummer eventually. I frickin’ love it.

Battlecruiser-operational on June 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Of course Clenis wants to get back into the White House. He had some of the best non-rape sex of his life there.

SKYFOX on June 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Clinton might want to see Obama lose to make Hillary more attractive as a Democratic nominee in 2016

I don’t know how much easier Hillary’s run would be if Obama loses.

She’d be going up against an incumbent rather than another newby. She would have the White House help her with her run. She could resign as Secretary of State in 2014 to start the campaign, no hard feelings.

Besides, what other Democrat luminary would be running? Biden?

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

And in 2016 she’ll be almost as old as McCain was when he ran in 2008.

Forgive me if I made any of you lose your lunch with that remark!

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Obama is destroying the Party that Bill & Hillary built.

And I laugh and enjoy every second of it.

portlandon on June 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I have a sneaking suspicion the Clintons will be behind the October surprise on Obama. They don’t just go away quietly.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Why…it’s almost as if the Bark Administration is packed solid with clueless dolts who don’t have a clue how to run an operation more complex than a lemonade stand.

Bishop on June 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

For which they’re probably not licensed, either.
Obama might check with a 7-year-old girl, like Jimmah Carter consulted with Amy.

de rigueur on June 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Ego versus ego. Ultimately they both consider term limits on the presidency a constitutional inconvenience.

DaveDief on June 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

And in 2016 she’ll be almost as old as McCain was when he ran in 2008.

Forgive me if I made any of you lose your lunch with that remark!

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Depends what you’re into.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hell NO, the last person who wants Barry Soetoro re-elected are the Clintons. It’s revenge time for Billy Jeff.

And the beauty of it is that Obama CANNOT do anything about it.

wildcat72 on June 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I have a sneaking suspicion the Clintons will be behind the October surprise on Obama. They don’t just go away quietly.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Maybe Bill & Hill can get Obama’s FBI file and leaking it. They were pretty good at that while in office.

portlandon on June 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

And in 2016 she’ll be almost as old as McCain was when he ran in 2008.

Forgive me if I made any of you lose your lunch with that remark!

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Bring out old Lady Hilary in 2016! Quick G. Lucas on the phone, we are going to a lot of green screen special effects.

Oil Can on June 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

At some point, I would think, it will be embarrassing for any democrat to try to make the case that another four years of Obama would be a good thing for anybody except Obama (and family). As I said in the headline story, I think Clinton is playing with Obama. He has Obama afraid of what he will say any time he speaks.

Night Owl on June 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Limbaugh is about to talk about this story after the station break.

Here’s my fave comment from the link:

Bill Clinton speaks the truth once in his life and the left rides out to crucify him.

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

BILLARY 2016!

Obama’s fairy tale must be retired.

profitsbeard on June 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Get one for the groper!

The ads will play well in some specific areas while flopping in others. I would be curious to see some metrics on were these ads were aired and how often… I’m guessing the targets are rust belt voters.

lexhamfox on June 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

“Be a dayum shame is sumpin’ happened to that fine Administrayshun you’ve got there, Barack. Too bad that Vice President of yours keeps puttin’ his foot in his mouth.

Ah’m a just sayin’….”

victor82 on June 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Well…

… just for old time sakes:


Billy Jeff and ‘The Finger’

Seven Percent Solution on June 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

And in 2016 she’ll be almost as old as McCain was when he ran in 2008.

Forgive me if I made any of you lose your lunch with that remark!

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM
Depends what you’re into.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Right, I for one am a collector and dealer of ancient battleaxes.

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Slick figures that the US might be tired of Romney’s medicine by 2016; whereas, 4 more years of Bam will put the left back into a generational wilderness.

johnboy on June 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

O should listen to Bill.He was a poor Arkansas hick and is now a bonified 1%er.

docflash on June 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Roger Simon still clinging to Hope & Change.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Roger Simon has always been a hack.

Mark1971 on June 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I don’t know how much easier Hillary’s run would be if Obama loses.

She’d be going up against an incumbent rather than another newby. She would have the White House help her with her run. She could resign as Secretary of State in 2014 to start the campaign, no hard feelings.

Besides, what other Democrat luminary would be running? Biden?

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

You really think the Jarrett/Moochie/Bammie team will settle on Hillary as their legacy replacement? Not a chance. They will want an insider, a member of the Chicago Outfit.

Second and third, bad blood from 2008, and the fact that Bill knows that little Bammie is stupid and incompetent.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

He has Obama afraid of what he will say any time he speaks.

Night Owl on June 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

“I thought making Hillary Secretary of State would protect me from this.”
/SCOAMF

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Limbaugh is about to talk about this story after the station break.

He’s on it now. Zero will further anger the Clintons, and the Clintons will reward Zero accordingly. Dick Morris is correct.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

“A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.” ~ Billy Jeff :D

Fallon on June 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I don’t know how much easier Hillary’s run would be if Obama loses.

She’d be going up against an incumbent rather than another newby. She would have the White House help her with her run. She could resign as Secretary of State in 2014 to start the campaign, no hard feelings.

Besides, what other Democrat luminary would be running? Biden?

NoDonkey on June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Cuomo’s name is getting a lot of play.

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Billy Jeff doesn’t do forgive and forget.

He’s clearing the way for Hillary to run in 2016.

CorporatePiggy on June 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Besides, Billary and Chicago Jesus who else do the Dems have?

BTW, when Obama loses in November (I’m being positive not cocky) he will try to come back and run at a later date for his second term. This guy has too big of a ego not to run.

Watch he’ll have the biggest Preidental library. I wanting for the Tooms gang and drug use sections. It will probably serve magical brownies in the cafe.

Oil Can on June 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

This is all just positioning for Hillary in 2016. They think it will be easier to run against an incumbent republican when she gets her shot.

Scrappy on June 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Slick Willy attacking from behind – hasn’t Ogabe endorsed this behavior about a month ago?

Archivarix on June 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

What was that Bill Clinton said about the Obama campaign back in 2007?

“Give me a break – this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”

Not a hell of a lot has changed since then, has it?

Bill will get his revenge. Coulda been the first ex-President First Lady spouse had it not been for Obama.

coldwarrior on June 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

“I thought making Hillary Secretary of State would protect me from this.”
/SCOAMF

Bitter Clinger on June 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

LOL- Luckily, there is no honor among theives.

Night Owl on June 5, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Bill Clinton does not want Obama to win. Period.

Hillary would have a better shot taking on Mitt Romney (with a compliant press) in ’16 versus following 8 years of Obama malaise.

kevinkristy on June 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

One thing everybody here is neglecting is that Obama’s narcissistic personality will never accept defeet. If Romney wins in 2012, the 2016 Democrat primary will be 2008 all over again Barak vs Hillary. I cant see how Bill would want that.

meci on June 5, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Clinton must have cracked up when Obama said: “The two presidents over the last 30 years, 40 years, who’ve had the lowest increases in government spending, you’re looking at them right here,”

Except Clinton (and Newt) gave us 4 years of surpluses. The other gave us 4 years of trillion dollar deficits.

kevinkristy on June 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Speaking of Clinton, you do have to give him credit for moving towards the center to work with Newt to give us balanced budgets and welfare reform.

Doesn’t anyone seriously think that Romney can’t be at least as conservative as Clinton was?

LevinFan on June 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

This is all just positioning for Hillary in 2016. They think it will be easier to run against an incumbent republican when she gets her shot.

Scrappy on June 5, 2012 at 2:33 PM

2016: Cuda vs. Hillary Her Thighness !

LevinFan on June 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Bubba brings in the porn vote for Obie.

FlaMurph on June 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

“Kiss it, Barack.”

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

“You should put some ice on that, Barack.”

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Billy Jeff doesn’t do forgive and forget.
He’s clearing the way for Hillary to run in 2016.
CorporatePiggy on June 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Old fat shrill and old.

It ain’t happenin’.

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Put…the…chicken…down.

Give him a break.

connertown on June 5, 2012 at 3:03 PM

At least Obama is working hard for that DONOR money!!

Treat him right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3FAnvATfrM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

PappyD61 on June 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

He did so last week when he went on television and said Mitt Romney had a “sterling” record while running Bain Capital.

That comment got all the press, but Clinton also took another shot at Barry’s lack of qualifications when he pointed out that Romney is clearly qualified to be president since he has been both a successful governor and a successful business owner (of course, Obama has never been either of those things).

I’m surprised Clinton didn’t also point out that Romney has both a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Harvard, while Barry has only a J.D. (and needed an Aff/Action boost to get even that).

AZCoyote on June 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

We can’t let Mitt Romney take us back to the failed economic policies of President George W. Bush.

- Kasim Reed, e-mail 06/02/12

HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

Reed gets PASTED by the local media and a progressive blogger for demonstrated hypocrisy! Never thought those would be the sources of such damning information.

Reed dutifully follows the lame policy of blaming Bush, and equating Romney with Bush without citing any factual basis for doing so.

Maybe Mr. Reed will be more careful in the future about embracing Obozo too closely. Only time will tell. If he plays the role of Obozo mouthpiece again, may his political capital take another severe hit like this one.

OneVision on June 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Obama */to himself about Clinton*/ With friends like that, who needs enemies.

timberline on June 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Payback’s a b*tch!! Suck it, Obama! Your team said Bill was a racist 4 yrs. ago. I don’t think our FIRST BLACK President ever got over it. Obama’s team was NOT a well-honed machine. They made a ton of mistakes in ’08 and that was a major one! This time around they are making many, many more mistakes and unforced errors with lots more to come. The media can steep themselves in denial thru the summer, but the drip, drip of Breitbart and stuff like this is going to do major damage. I love it!!

JAM on June 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

He shook his finger in the air
and said it’d be a calamity if
America didn’t re-elect B.O.

He’s not fooling me.

tacodawn on June 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Billy Jeff doesn’t do forgive and forget.
He’s clearing the way for Hillary to run in 2016.
CorporatePiggy on June 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Old fat shrill and old.

It ain’t happenin’.

Akzed on June 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

That and America isn’t going to elect a woman yet.

CorporatePiggy on June 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Bill has absolutely nothing to lose. And that makes him dangerous.

mojo on June 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

George Soros: Godfather of the Left

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/george-soros-godfather-of-left.html

M2RB: Black Sabbath live in Paris

Resist We Much on June 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Bill Clinton is for Bill Clinton, everything and everyone else is a far distant second.

RJL on June 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Clinton is trying to position himself as the guy who’s going to rebuild the Democrat party once their whole socialism house of cards collapses. Not a bad move on his part, especially since he wants Hillary to run in 2016. Then, he can say he didn’t support attacks on business and say it with a straight face. I think many ‘less insane’ Dems are trying to do the same thing.

joejm65 on June 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

This nipping at B.O. lately is curious. Clinton and the rest that have been doing it have never done it before. Why now? I think if the top Dems determine that B.O. may lost, they will talk him into stepping down and run someone else. They will throw him under the bus rather than lose power.

What would prevent Hillary from running in 2012?

bluefox on June 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

s/b “lose”

bluefox on June 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

What would prevent Hillary from running in 2012?

bluefox on June 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Little Bammie’s gaseous-giant planet-sized ego?

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

bluefox on June 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Little Bammie’s gaseous-giant planet-sized ego?

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I’m not saying he would be agreeable to that. If their internal polls are showing him to lose the election, do you think they would sacrifice their power for him? For what purpose?

I just think something along those lines is going on. We’ll see.

bluefox on June 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM