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The Big Dawg’s Magic Trick: Pulling Obama’s Bacon Out of the Fire.

So, Bill Clinton, who all of the Obama fans and loyal Democrats will never forgive for 8 years of peace and prosperity, will attempt to turn us refuseniks into devoted Democratic voters.

I hope he asked for something good in return.

(It’s not going to be Hillary in 2016.  Just forget it.)

Now, Bill’s got a big problem.  He’s going to have to make the case that the Republicans are the ones who decided to make unemployment sky high going into the election.  And I don’t disagree with him.  *Except* that Obama had two years of a filibuster proof majority and the unemployed were loooooow on his priority list after saving the bankers and passing an inadequate and largely unimplemented health care insurance reform bill so he could look like a hero to other Democrats.  If he had put jobs, and I don’t mean just “manly” jobs, as his first priority, he wouldn’t need Bill to save his bacon.  (Well, that and killing the Bush tax cuts, implementing a HOLC program to save people’s houses after they are laid off, putting bankers who threaten the economy in jail, break up the biggest banks, etc.)

No, instead, all he needed to do was push for the $100 Billion that Christine Romer said would put a shitload of people back to work.  But you know, Romer was a woman and the Obama White House doesn’t really listen to women.  She also recommended a much bigger fiscal stimulus package but instead of asking for the moon and having to dial it back to a Romeresque number of $1.2 Trillion, Obama asked for much, much less than that to start and negotiated down.  Unnecessarily less.  He spent no political capital on the rest of us and much real capital on the banks.

Then he let Tim Geithner cover up what bad shape the banks were in.  If Congress had known about the LIBOR manipulations, and what serious condition the economy was in, well, we couldn’t have counted on the Republicans to lift a finger to help but we might have prevailed upon the more sensible Democrats to do the right thing (I know I’m being generous here.  Work with me.).

You know what?  Just forget it.  The dude just blew his first two years.  Totally blew them.  Unfortunately for us, they were the crucial two years.  It looks like Obama’s campaign is going to be a sentimental journey into BoBo land where if you would have only worked really hard and gone to the right schools and didn’t have unapproved sex, you wouldn’t be in the straits you’re in right now.  That utopia conveeeeeniently leaves out what happened to all of the scientists with PhDs I know who were 33 before they got their real first job after their post docs, but the Obama campaign is busting a gut trying not to mention the word ‘unemployment” or to in any way burst the merry little scenario they have built in their heads of well tended gardens in idyllic upper middle class suburbs.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, back to Bill.  Well, he’s got his work cut out for him tonight.  He’s got to get the remaining Clintonistas back in the fold.  Except the remaining Clintonistas are pissed as all hell.  Four years ago, we were dragged, kicking and screaming to vote for Mr. Caucus Fraud against our better judgement (some of us protest voted).  He wasn’t ready, had no practical experience, used misogyny against his opponent in a way that reverberated throughout the social sphere and we didn’t trust him because he was a ruthless, unethical and egotistical campaigner who took more money from Wall Street than any candidate in history up to that point.  We still don’t trust him.  Not only that but we were right about Obama.  It’s regrettable that so many Clintonistas took their ire a step too far and joined the Tea Party.  Not the smartest move but you can hardly blame them.  Obama made a point of blowing off the working class (which in this context, O Best Beloveds, means anyone not making a living off their investments).  So, bad move or not, they are no more guilty of letting their emotions cloud their judgement than the 2008 Obots were.

Some of us didn’t defect from our values.  We just left the party and became independents.  But we’re still liberal, FDR Democrats.  And Obama ain’t.  Not even close.  So, I think the best that Clinton can do is deliver a powerful, enthusiastic vision of the future, which Obama will fail to pay any attention to.  Bill’s a loyal Democrat and a mensch.  That’s what he does.

And the nation will shake it’s head and think, we could have had a V8.

Pay close attention to Bill’s words.  Without careful parsing, you could be persuaded to think he said something he actually didn’t.

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Oh, and the Democrats just f^&*ed the non-believers.  Would the Freedom From Religion Foundation care to comment?  Check out the expression on the face of the woman at minute mark 1:44.  Priceless.

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17 Responses

  1. You’re hot today!
    I love how you haven’t changed in four years, you’re the same highly educated FDR liberal with a lunch bucket heart.
    So many others seem to have gone nuts; this is where I feel at home.

  2. I was reading one of your posts from either inauguration day or the day after. I think. You list the stuff you’d like done. Something about THIS post reminded me of that one.

    I’ll go find it again. I don’t think he did anything on the list.

  3. I want to respectfully play Devil’s advocate. Is Bill Clinton doing this out of party loyalty or self-interest? He’s surely not doing it because he likes Barack Obama or thinks he’s good for the country. Why would he demonstrate loyalty to a party that showed his wife zero loyalty in 2008?

    Clinton has become personally very wealthy since he left office. While I agree he was a good President, I’m not sure his motives are are confined to party loyalty.

    • If not party loyalty or love of Obama – then what? What couldn’t he get if he didn’t do this?

    • Probably a little bit of both. I think you’re right about no-love lost between the Clinton and Obama camps. I’m betting they loathe each other. I suspect he asked for something. I don’t think it was Hillary 2016, though I wouldn’t be surprised if that was dangled inconclusively just to keep Clintonistas from defecting altogether. Who knows what it is? Maybe he’s going to make the Obama camp say nice things about him and Hillary. That would be very, very painful for Obama et al because he doesn’t want to be seen too close to Clinton, having smeared both of them for 4 years.
      I don’t know what it is but Clinton campaigned for a lot of Democrats who were primaried against incumbent Democrats who gleefully abandoned Hillary for Obama in 2008 and Clinton’s candidates won. So, you know, there’s something going on there, some scores to settle, some “uncles” to wrestle out of Obama.

  4. Bill is getting something. Maybe he will be Cabinet Kingmaker. Or maybe he wants a Cabinet position (is that even legal or possible?).

  5. This is the only intersting sub plot in this whole convention. Everything else is an excrutiating bore.

  6. I caved and started listening. I cringed when Elizabeth Warren said “Obama believes in fairness,” because all I could think was, “not when it comes to primary elections.”

  7. I want to like BC’s speech but, I think I’ve almost completely stopped identifying myself as a Democrat. So when he talks about Democrats – I don’t feel like a part of it anymore.

  8. On the other hand, I’m not particularly bipartisan. Somehow.

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