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April 07, 2016

Bill Clinton: Unlike When I Was President, The World Is Coming Apart Right Now

These sorts of stories are part of a general narrative. The narrative that accompanies them is that Bill Clinton keeps looking for ways to take shots at Obama and undermine him.

The idea lurks in the background that this is all part of a piece with his "racist" campaign against Obama in 2008, and that he's never gotten over it.

Perhaps. But I can't help but notice that this a very thin-skinned, Obama-protecting narrative, that seems likely to have flowed directly from Barack Obama's own cramped, self-justifying, self-pitying brain, and the similar hive-brains of his acolytes, ever ready to defend the Great Black Dope from slights to his person whether they actually occurred or not.

Previously, in early March (was that a century ago, or is that just me?), Bill Clinton had "trashed" Barack Obama's economy, as the Federalist put it.

During a campaign stop for his wife in North Carolina on Monday, former president Bill Clinton trashed President Obama for painting a "pretty picture" of economic recovery that doesn’t line up with reality.

"Millions and millions and millions and millions of people look at that pretty picture of America [Obama] painted and they cannot find themselves in it to save their lives," Clinton said.

"People are upset, frankly; they're anxiety-ridden, they’re disoriented, because they don’t seem themselves in that picture," he said. "Hillary is running for president to put every single American in the picture President Obama painted."

Video at the link.

Then, on March 21, Bill Clinton decried the "awful legacy" of the past eight years. (And the seven years before that, he added.)

"But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the 7 years before that when we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her," Clinton said.

Video at the link. Quote is from the next following link.

Now is that Clinton taking a sneaky, bitter-defeated-rival shot at Obama, or is that Bill Clinton just noticing things that are actually true?

In politics, it is the rule that you do not notice things that are true if they happen to undermine your party's narrative and political position, so this could easily fall into both categories: Bill Clinton just saying things that are obvious and incontrovertibly true, and being a dick getting political payback by saying something obvious and incontrovertibly true.

With this background, Clinton now turns to what a disaster Obama's foreign policy record is, though he'd better be careful -- his wife has a co-author credit on this.*

During an appearance in Philadelphia, Clinton said, "Unlike when I became president, a lot of things are coming apart around the world now."

I don't know if Bill Clinton is really going out of his way to put down Obama or if it's just... unavoidable. How can you talk about the last seven years as anything other than a disaster on all fronts -- economic, security, social?

And bear in mind the general model of any election is that someone runs as a continuity candidate, versus someone who runs as a change agent. But that is only possible if there is something that people actually want to continue the, um, continuity of.

Hillary Clinton is forced to play a half-in, half-out game on continuity, because Obama's braindead zombie cultists absolutely demand that he be shown that "respect."

But she's also running as a "change" candidate -- and this will be much more obvious in the general election, when she doesn't have to appease the Obama Minions as much.

The point is, both candidates, whoever they may turn out to be, will be running as "change" candidates in the general election -- implicitly repudiating eight years of Obama's diastrous misrule.

Because he's a bad president who's a prisoner of his relentless dogmatism for his bad, musty-smell-of-1968 ideas.

And Bill Clinton is really only preparing the field for that turn in general campaign season.

Reality is coming, Obama.

* Assuming he wants his wife to be president, which some people doubt. I do think he wants his wife to be president, because it ultimately aggrandizes his own ego. No one will doubt that Hillary only became president due to her husband, and Hillary would represent the Clinton Restoration to the throne.

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