Friday, January 25, 2008

Is Bill Clinton Damaging his legacy?

The Clinton Campaign ignores the concerns of many to keep the pressure on Barack Obama:

ANDERSON, S.C. — Advisers to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton say they have concluded that Bill Clinton’s aggressive politicking against Senator Barack Obama is resonating with voters, and they intend to keep him on the campaign trail in a major role after the South Carolina primary.

The benefits of having Mr. Clinton challenge Mr. Obama so forcefully, over Iraq and Mr. Obama’s record and statements, they say, are worth the trade-offs of potentially overshadowing Mrs. Clinton at times, undermining his reputation as a statesman and raising the question among voters about whether they are putting him in the White House as much as her.
After three weeks of nearly nonstop campaigning, set off by Mrs. Clinton’s third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Clinton has shown as much ability as his wife — or even more — to stir public and news media skepticism about Mr. Obama’s position on Iraq and his message of nonpartisan leadership, Clinton advisers say.
Mr. Clinton is deliberately trying to play bad cop against Mr. Obama, campaign officials say, and is keenly aware that a flash of anger or annoyance will draw even more media and public attention to his arguments. He will continue campaigning full-time for Mrs. Clinton after South Carolina in states with primaries on Feb. 5 where he is especially popular, like Arkansas, California and New York, they say.

Of course there the naysayers who argue that notwithstanding all President Clinton has done in the past and GOT the legacy. He can now lose it by campaigning too vigorously for HIS WIFE (?). I don't believe it. There are so many negative accusations in President Clinton's past, many that don't have satisfactory answers that have failed to tarnish his standing as a Party leader, a former President, and a world Icon. Even if this is true imagine that Bill Clinton would actually be spending political capital! The purpose of gaining it, is to use it. That means you risk your standing for something you believe in. Congratulations to President Clinton for believing in Hillary and our country so much that he would risk his legacy.

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