Former President Bill Clinton on Friday defending Hillary to CNN — “I have never seen so much expended on so little,” the former president said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN. “The other party doesn’t want to run against her. And if they do, they’d like her as mangled up as possible.”
Bill went on to blame the media and the right wing conspiracy for Hillary’s troubles, not the death of Americans in Benghazi, not the Russian reset which may cause WWIII, or her frequent, flagrant and flippant crossing of legal boundaries wherever she goes, and in whatever endeavor she undertakes. Not even female Democratic voters believe Bill’s bullshit on these issues anymore, where her support has FALLEN in HALF and his insistence otherwise — is just demeaning, baffling and dangerous.
In fact, no major American candidate for the presidency has had the soft ride Hillary has gotten from the media — and if he does not realize that, his political instincts have turned to mush.
This is a great tragedy because I used to consider Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan my two favorite modern presidents. Most people don’t see how I could feel that way, but I did, and with good reason.
Both men led the country successfully with an eye toward their constituencies and another toward the other side, which made the compromises they made during their presidencies interesting — and also ones that usually moved the country forward.
But since leaving office, Bill has done nothing to defend his legacy and presidency and in fact has unraveled a lot of what he accomplished — with his behavior since then — in particular, his grasping effort through the Clinton Foundation and through Hillary, to extend their combined power reach and even get another shot at 8 more years in power, through Hillary. This is a mistake for many reasons, but most importantly because Hillary is not Bill, she can’t do what he did, and his efforts to force that are simply diminishing him and his presidency, even more.
Being president of the United States in a big deal. The ideas, platforms, constituencies formed and programs a president starts or builds up, are his legacy; they represent thinking that may swing back into vogue, that has staying power, or even that is wrong, but provides clues about what might work instead in the future. Bill Clinton never got this. His time in power was important and should be studied, learned from, analyzed, not disavowed by Hillary for a headline or two.
“I have never seen so much expended on so little,” the former president said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN. “The other party doesn’t want to run against her. And if they do, they’d like her as mangled up as possible.” What a load of crap and he isn’t going to get her elected spouting it, he’s just going to make what he did, look smaller, less important, and more likely to fail eventually.