…Clinton has become the “Michael Clayton” of the Obama White House, a roving, always on-call fixer who lends his political skills to help Obama and the Democrats in tough situations. Clinton is campaigning and raising money in places where Obama is less (or less than) welcome. And, as was revealed Friday, he has been an intermediary on sensitive, off-the-grid conversations with candidates such as Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), whom he tried — on behalf of the White House — to talk out of running for the Senate. … – Bill Clinton has evolved into Obama’s Mr. Fix-It
Former Pres. Bill Clinton went to bat for Blanche yesterday in front of what is reported to be a much smaller crowd than he usually draws. He played the anger card, but also chastised outside groups.
“If you want to be used that way, have at it,’ he said to about 200 Democrats at Philander Smith College, speaking without notes for 20 minutes. With a detailed recitation of Lincoln’s work on behalf of Arkansas down to the jobs she saved at a manufacturer in Ft. Smith, Clinton exhorted voters to not direct their discontent at her.
“If you want somebody to channel your anger, don’t vote for her,” Clinton said. “If you want somebody to get up and go to work and change your life for the better, you should vote for her.”.
One thing you can say about Bill Clinton campaigning for Blanche Lincoln, he’s not scared to get in the game, even if there’s a 50-50 chance he gets skinned. Halter is the future, with Lincoln representing yesterday’s ideas. His loyalty to Mrs. Lincoln is admirable in politics, when tactical play rules and friends don’t hold much sway. However, it’s unwise.
Unfortunately for Lincoln, Pres. Bill Clinton’s language misses the target by a mile. Using words that focus on powerful liberal groups that include labor unions, Mr. Clinton’s charge that these interests are trying to punish “Democrats who don’t toe the party line” is not only wrong on the politics, but takes on a central tenet of the Democratic Party: unions. He’s obviously been spending too much time with Mark Penn over the years.
He pounded the podium with Lincoln at his side, warning that national liberal and labor groups wanted to make her a “poster child” in the June 8 Senate run-off to send a message about what happens to Democrats who don’t toe the party line. [...]
If Lincoln wins it will be because of Pres. Clinton’s push for her. However, if he can’t make the difference it will be another blow against the Democratic elite, which coming right after Obama’s backing Specter, only to lose, will resound loudly.
The Tea Party isn’t the only group rising up against their daddy. Progressives are, too.