Any time you see Bill Clinton slithering onto a stage, you can assume something sneaky is close at hand. As BusinessInsider is reporting, Clinton is critical of Obama’s Deficit Plan on the basis that it raises taxes during a recession. Now for all his spouting about being a “centrist Democrat,” the truth is that Bill Clinton isn’t really a small government sort of guy, so you may wonder what’s really going on here. As I explained to you that Barack Obama’s Deficit/Debt Plan, which is a hard-left plan going nowhere, but offered as a way to solidify Obama’s hard-left base, you might consider against whom he wishes to defend his re-nomination. The answer is none other than his own Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
What Bill Clinton is doing in this instance is a step in positioning, whereby Hillary will challenge Obama from “the center” which is ground she doesn’t occupy, but in a contested primary, she might be able to claim, knowing that in any general election, the base will come home to her. It’s basically the Democrat version of what Romney is gambling: Capture the more moderate wing of his party, and gamble that the base will support him in the general election.
This is a strategy with which the Clintons are very familiar. It’s how they managed to climb into power the first time around, with a little help from Ross Perot. Slick is simply laying the groundwork for Hillary, who while claiming she will not run, nevertheless seems increasingly likely to jump in given the extreme dissatisfaction among the base of the party. No in truth, the hard-core left of the Democrat party knows Hillary is every bit as socialistic as they are, but what she offers is a fresh chance to fool independents and moderates. Obama is so damaged with the political middle in the country that it may be completely impossible for him to recover.
The Clintons are gambling on a little positioning to place Hillary to the right of Obama, and Bill’s distancing from Obama’s proposed tax increases is a part of laying that groundwork. Be prepared to be told that “Hillary is a centrist.” Don’t believe it, because it’s a thorough lie, but that’s how it will be presented. This is why Hillary has carefully cultivated an image as a hard-working, always on-the-go Secretary of State: She’s trying to establish her foreign policy and executive experience credentials. As the head of the Department of State, she will claim that experience, but the problem will be in demonstrating her effectiveness.
Don’t be surprised when Hillary jumps into the race. She’s already the most popular Democrat in the country. When you begin to combine all of these stories, you see a clear pattern, and it looks increasingly probably that Hillary Clinton will join the race. That will make for a knock-down, drag-out fight as Obama has lost the confidence of many in his party, and in left-wing intelligentsia. The Democrats aren’t so happy or in nearly the lock-step bliss they would like for you to believe.