Bill Clinton Delivers
It was no surprise that it fell to former President
That charge was a centerpiece of the
But that "No" was enough to inspire the Republican strategists to dust off
It inspired Clinton, the last president to come in with a budget surplus, to remind his own faithful, and independents beyond via television, of a little political history. He complied by noting how his Republican successor in the
It was an easy pivot for Clinton to observe that Obama had been given a huge economic hole out of which he tried to dig himself in his first four years. And that it was Republican obstructionism in
With his classic cajolery, Clinton observed that the Republicans in
The former president went on cite the congressional Republican obstructionism, noting that even Clinton himself, no object of
For all that, Clinton argued, Obama has persevered, "committed to constructive cooperation" that could pay off in a second term backed by the voters in November. Never mind that Obama's dogged attempts to do business with the Republican leadership has been, and continues to be, grounds for relentless griping from liberal Democrats.
The former president's willingness to field the "are you better off" question, and to run unabashedly with it with a positive response, was a refreshing hint to Obama himself to make more of his efforts to avoid the fiscal precipice than he has done to date. Always with an eye on the electoral map, Clinton took note of 250,000 added auto manufacturing jobs resulting from the bailout that
As Clinton came riding to the rescue, it was clear that, as one who had worked hard and sometimes bitterly to beat Obama in his 2008 primary with
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