Byron York wonders, is Bill Clinton really trying to help the Democrats?
The problem was, it wasn't entirely clear how much Clinton really wanted to help Democrats, and especially Obama, win next week's elections.
The event began like any other Clinton appearance: he was late, first a half-hour, then an hour, then 90 minutes. As a crowd of several hundred party activists, volunteers, and labor organizers milled around a ballroom at the posh Palmer House Hotel, a woman in the audience tried to breathe a little life into a group that had nothing to do but wait.
"Fired up!" she shouted. "Ready to go!"
A few people scattered around the room joined in. "Fired up! Ready to go!" After several more turns, perhaps half the crowd was chanting. But the enthusiasm never spread all around.
Dissatisfied, the woman tried again a few moments later. "Yes we can!" she yelled. "Yes we can!"
This time, maybe a half-dozen people joined in before it fizzled out altogether. Nobody cared; they were too busy with other things.
Update: I wondered about Clinton's real objectives myself, some time ago. I thought he was driving the left into the ditch in order to bolster Hillary's chances for a pesidential run in 2016.
Unhappiness with Obama and the other leading Democrats is so high that a national tea party movement has virtually brought the Republicans back from the electoral grave. The president’s job approval numbers have been in a year-long slide. In almost every election since he took office, Democrats have gotten trounced.
Yet he continues to push extraordinarily unpopular policies. Could it be the advice he’s been getting?
In the face of this disastrous performance by President Obama and the Democrats, the Clinton team has been actively advising that they keep doing what they’re doing. It’s as if Bill Clinton has just discovered that his beloved party is firmly in the clutches of the extreme left, and he’s decided to encourage their leaders to drive themselves into the proverbial ditch.
Today's Wall Street Journal editorial prefers the cliff metaphor. In the WSJ version the 1960s liberals in congress are behind the wheel.
The larger lesson is that we are learning for the fourth time in 45 years that America can't be governed from the left. Democrats exploited the recession and the accident of 60 Senate seats to push the agenda of their dreams, and the American public has recoiled at the effrontery and the results. Repairing the damage of the 111th Congress will take years, and perhaps decades, but the first step is ousting the liberals who once again drove their party off a cliff.
Ditch? Cliff? Who cares! Hand me my Slurpee, I'm enjoying this!
Update II: Confirmation of my "ditch theory" comes from Hillbuzz! Some Hillary Clinton Democrats are waging war on the Democratic party.
We will not forget those Obamacare votes. We will not forgive being called a racist because we don’t support this terrible man and his awful agenda. We will not be silenced.
We will not give up.
It’s going to be years, if ever, before the lamestream media ever catches up to any of this, and realizes that a large swath of people who used to be Democrat loyalists are now doing everything they can to destroy the party. Some of them are out and open, like me and my friends here at HillBuzz, but many are doing their part quietly. They just stop writing checks. Or maybe now they write checks to Democrat opponents. They might continue to attend events and fundraisers, but now they call up Republican sites and give them all the dirt on what they heard in those meetings. The Democrat Party alienated so many people who are now working to bring it down that I could go on for pages and pages more on this topic.
It’s very Sidney Bristow, Rush. And if you watched that show Alias, you’d know she not only won in the end, but looked damn good kicking ass while doing it.
THAT, El Rushbo, is what your “Hillary babes” are up to.
That little excertp is from an open letter to Rush Limbaugh -- a long open letter.
Update III: Toby Harndon of The Telegraph (UK) says Bill Clinton is on a 'retribution tour' against Barack Obama.
My hunch is that the Clintons smell Obama’s blood in the water right now and, political predators that they are, they are positioning themselves to take advantage (and, frankly, who could blame them for doing so?). We know from 2008 what they really think of Obama. Despite Hillary’s loyal service as Secretary of State, her scathing critique of Obama during their bruising primary still stands – and now looks prescient.