Monday, August 23, 2010

Is There Another Choice?

In the maelstrom that is the Obama Administration's and the Democrat Party's current political woes, Howard Fineman waxes nostalgic -- well, kind of -- for Bill Clinton as he explains the former president's "resurgence" on the American scene.

The truth is Bill Clinton only succeeds when others fail. That is, he only succeeds by comparison, to George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992, and to Bob Dole and Ross Perot in 1996. Whatever you might think of those three men, the phrase, "excited a majority of the electorate," will not be included in their biographies. I guess it's my lot in life to point it out again and again, but in neither of those two elections was Clinton able to crack 50% of the popular vote, earning only 43% in 1992 and 49% in 1996.

Whatever political assets Clinton brings to the Democrats in their struggle to retain control of the Congress this fall, he brings just as many liabilities. I think more. So, welcome back Bill!

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