No political magazine reflects Beltway insider conventional wisdom more than Politico.
That convention wisdom is often incorrect. Not this time.
Politico is up with an article demonstrating the Clinton nostalgia of D.C.’s flailing Obamacrats.
The Teleprompter-in-Chief has always fancied himself a more transformative figure than the brilliant hick, Bill Clinton. The Bill-Obama rift began during the Nevada primary contest which saw Bam praising progressive bugaboo Reagan and trashing the Clinton years.
Normally, such heresy would have outraged Democrats, but the party establishment had its knives sharpened for the brilliant fighter, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obamacrats would spend much of 2008 bashing the Clinton legacy in order to gift the nomination to the Chosen One.
Clintonism, they whined, required too much compromise. The hippie left would not cotton a return to triangulation, nevermind that Clinton-Gingrich bipartisanship on some issues produced balanced budgets, entitlement reform, and years of prosperity.
No, the Clintonistas had to be purged.
As Obama threatens a one term disappointment, paeans to the Clintons – like the one in Politico – will continue to surface.
Politico calls for Obama to steal from the Clinton playbook by putting the national interest over the Democratic interest. The partisan Democrat establishment found Hillary unpalatable, fearing they could not control her and her supporters, just like they could not control Bill.
Does Obama, a classic machine insider politician, have the strength and independence to defy party barons? If so, he has never demonstrated it argues most of the commentary on Politico’s piece:
The fact is, BHO is no Bill Clinton…Obama doesn’t have the honed political instincts that will be required to turn his situation around…Look for him to bow out gracefully, announce he will not seek reelection, and clear the way for a HIllary Clinton candidacy.
Obambi can’t do what Bill Clinton had done. Bill Clinton was a governor, had executive experience, he knows how to work and cross the aisle…The wheels on Obambi training wheels come off, this man is a GONER. ~ Wadab
Obama is not a vicious guy, but he is inexperienced and this is coming to haunt him…Clinton can’t teach this inexperienced guy politics overnight. The voters knew that he was inexperienced, but he claimed he has good judgement. The minute he appointed Biden as VP and Geitner, I knew his judgement is something to be desired, and his experience is almost zero. ~ dora_rice
People are starting to feel sorry for Obama. Leaders that people feel sorry for are not leading anyone. It was obvious before Obama was elected and is evident now that he is in office…his inexperience is a deal breaker for America. ~ Average Joe USA
At least Hillary had a set! ~ awall269
Obama is too much of an ideologue to even consider following in Clinton’s footsteps, but he would be wise to do so. Clinton was a pragmatist, and much more moderate in his views. But I also think that Clinton had some leadership skills that Obama lacks. Consider, during the long months working on health care, how no one even knew what, exactly, Obama wanted done…I couldn’t stand Clinton when he was in office, but I have often watched Obama and actually wished to have Clinton back. Conservatives didn’t know back then how good they had it, comparatively speaking. ~ bookworm25
The first step is towards redemption is for Obama to purge his party of all Clinton-haters and Clinton backstabbers. He should then demonstrate Clintonian style hands-dirty political warfare to accomplish something, anything worthwhile.
Politico further urges Obama to follow Clinton in reeling in staff, spotlighting the economy, fighting for and standing up for a vision, communicating your values, confronting rather than spinning weaknesses, and championing working class populism.
Politico got this one right. Clintonism, an amalgam of Trumanseque policy and Jacksonian politics, is the only way for Obama to save his party – and his nation. The problem is that Obama has not shown that he has either the intuitive heft or emotional intelligence to do so.
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