Searching for a Surrogate
Most of the pundits have focused on Clinton's motivations for refusing to read his lines from the
But asking "Why?" of
In Aesop's fables, the scorpion explains to the frog that he had no choice but to sting him. "Hey, man, that's just how I roll," the scorpion texted the frog, in what I imagine is the newly updated version.
But at least the scorpion has the class to own up to his deed. The funny thing about Clinton is that he just pretends everything is hunky-dory, like the guy who tries to suppress a grin as he watches you drink the laxative-spiked punch, or Vizzini in "The Princess Bride" when he thinks the Dread Pirate Roberts is the one about to die from iocane powder poisoning. Bill does what Bill does. Just ask Hillary.
For the record, Clinton says he's "aghast" at all the "flutter" about him wanting Obama to lose. In other news, my dog is aghast at rumors he likes bacon.
Still, the more interesting question is: Why does Obama need Clinton to be his Surrogate Numero Uno in the first place?
It's not like Obama and Clinton love each other. Obama's been dissing Clinton for years, saying Bubba's presidency wasn't "transformative" and all that. And then there was the unpleasantness in the 2008 primaries. And yet, Bill remains the
It's a fascinating weakness of this presidency: Obama has no reliable surrogates.
The president has tried to be his own surrogate, personally going on the attack against Romney. But all that does is remind voters that Obama doesn't want to talk about his own record -- and further diminishes his tattered bipartisan brand.
That's probably one reason they tried out
And where are the president's Cabinet secretaries?
Still, the great thing about mascots -- at least the human variety -- is that when they're told to dance, they dance. The problem for Obama is that his Cabinet secretaries are the human manifestations of his record, and Obama's record isn't particularly popular. Put Treasury Secretary
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