Maureen Dowd : The Clinton Gang Bangin’ Obama

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

If Bill Clinton has to trash his legacy to protect his legacy, so be it.  If he has to put a dagger through the heart of hope to give Hillary hope, so be it.  If he has to preside in this state as the former first black president stopping the would-be first black president, so be it.  The Clintons — or “the 2-headed monster,” as the The New York Post dubbed the tag team that clawed out wins in New Hampshire and Nevada — always go where they need to go, no matter the collateral damage.  Even if the damage is to themselves and their party.  Bill’s transition from elder statesman, leader of his party and bipartisan ambassador to ward heeler and hatchet man has been seamless — and seamy…..When he was asked yesterday if he would feel bad standing in the way of the first black president, he said no.  “I’m not standing in his way,” he said.  “I think Hillary would be a better president” who’s “ready to do the job on the first day.”…..He said of Obama: “I hope I get a chance to vote for him some day.”  And that day, of course, would be after Hillary’s eight years; it’s her turn now because Bill owes her.  “I think it would be just as much a change, and some people think more, to have the first woman president as to have the first African-American president,” he said.  Bad Bill had been roughing up Obama so much that Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina suggested that he might want to “chill.”…..In the Myrtle Beach debate Monday night, Obama was fed up with being double-teamed by the Clintons.  He finally used attack lines that his strategists had urged him to use against Hillary for months.  “It was as though all the e-mails were backed up,” said one.  When Hillary tried once more to take Obama’s remarks about Ronald Reagan out of context, making it seem as though Obama had praised Reagan’s policies, he turned sarcastic about getting two distortionists for the price of one.  “I can’t tell who I’m running against sometimes,” he snapped at Hillary, obviously entrapped and pysched-out by the Clinton duo…..

Bill has merged with his wife totally now, talking about “we” and “us.”  “I never did anything major without discussing it with her,” he told a crowd here.  “We’ve been having this conversation since we first met in 1971, and I don’t think we’ll stop now.”  He suggested as First Lad that “I can help to sell the domestic program.”  It’s odd that the first woman with a shot at becoming president is so openly dependent on her husband to drag her over the finish line…..He said, “I kind of like seeing Barack and Hillary fighting.”  “How great is this?” he said.  “Neither of them has to be a little wind-up doll who’s supposed to behave in a certain way.  They’re real people, flesh and blood people.  They have differences.”  And if he has anything to say about it, and he will, they’ll be fighting till the last dog dies.

Reference : http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/opinion/23dowd.html

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