Things are going so bad for Obama he may soon find it hard to find solid, reliable friends to help him in 2012. Reports are already circling around about a possible primary challenge against the former Messiah-like President. And now Bill Clinton is throwing in a few jabs – maybe to lay the groundwork for Hillary to step in the game.
The Obama – Clintons friendship always seemed to me to be more of strategy of political cooperation than actual friendship. Bill Clinton was very vocal about Obama’s lack of experience during the Democrat primaries. Of course, the Clintons are still prominent Democrats so when it came time they eventually threw their support behind Obama. Bill even campaigned for him after his polls started to sour and Hillary eventually accepted the Secretary of State appointment. However, now that Obama is as weak as he has ever been since he stepped foot in the White House it seems that the Clintons, or Bill at least, is turning on the criticism again. From The DC:
When asked by Newsmax’s Chris Ruddy on Tuesday if Hillary might consider a presidential campaign in 2016, a smiling Clinton did not rule out the possibility.
“You’ll have to ask her,” Clinton said. “But when we were kids and I met her and we started our now 40-year-plus conversation — I met her 41 years ago this last spring — pretty quick I decided that she was the ablest person in my generation. And nothing has happened in those 41 years to change my opinion.”
Clinton also said he found Obama’s approach to the deficit “a little confusing.”
“I personally don’t believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending until we get this economy off the ground,” said Clinton, a former Arkansas governor thought to hail from the moderate wing of the Democratic Party. “If we cut government spending, which I normally would be very inclined to do when the deficit’s this big, with interest rates already near zero you can’t get the benefits out of it.”
This isn’t necessarily the first time Bill has taken a swipe at Obama. Last year the former President went after Obama’s insane drilling policy. But then again the timing of this criticism along with the hint that Hillary is still considering a run for president shouldn’t be discounted. Some have been predicting for a while now that Hillary will resign from her post as SOS. If so, will that be so that she can run against her boss? She can probably garner more support from fellow Democrats to at least not to have to beg to pass a bill. Although I personally do not think the timing is right for Hillary strategically, but if she wants to rain on Obama’s parade I admit that I would enjoy watching the debates between the two.