He’s A Beloved Figure in the Democratic Party

Donna Brazile said a mouthful today with this one statement in reference to the back and forth happening between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. In referring to Bill Clinton, Brazile said, “He’s “a beloved figure in the Democratic party.””

Just how beloved is Bill? As of last summer, his “approval rating stood at 79 percent among Democrats in one CBS poll” and Democratic voters interviewed in the early states said “that her access to her husband’s advice is a key reason for supporting Hillary Clinton.”

Bill’s been out there hitting hard on the inconvenient facts about Barack Obama that Obama still isn’t being up front about, like fact that his “record on the war in Iraq is impure.”

Obama is out there hitting back hard now, and personally I don’t think this will play at all with voters. Some think the latest strategy from the Obama team is due to concern on their part that “Obama is losing.”

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3 Responses to He’s A Beloved Figure in the Democratic Party

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    Realistically, people turning twenty this year don’t know the ex-President. Obama is counting heavily on attracting people who haven’t been political, particularly the younger age groups. If that tactic works it will be good for the country, whether or not it proves to be enough to get him where he wants to be.

    For my part, there’s much about the tone of the current campaign that I really don’t care for, and that goes for both sides.

  2. JCitizen says:

    I think this helps Obama big time.
    People love Bill, but they love Barack as well. And they understand that this is a competition, and that competition is a good thing.

    Whenever Bill and Barack go at eachother, it raised Barack to the same level as Bill – i.e. it makes Barack credible on a presidential stage.
    And it makes Hillary seem less relevant.

    When Barack wins SC, and does it clearly in the face of criticism from Bill, then he will be seen as having bypassed Bill. I can’t imagine that that would be bad for him – it would rather be a passing of the torch moment.,

  3. Darrell

    Se the last link in the post and the stats on Obama’s young voter turn out for the first 3 contests. His young voter numbers have dropped.

    My daughter has been leaning towards Obama told me after the last debate that she and her college roommates all thought after watching the debate that HRC was stronger in the debate on all subjects. 25 year old neighbor and her roommate (late 20’s) both feel he’s not ready, they are going for HRC in our primary.

    The tone has been rough all the way around, I think we all see that. I can remember that it got pretty messy the last time out too with the candidates jockeying for the top. Politics is a dirty business.