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NY Times: How Bill Clinton May Have Hurt the Obama Campaign (let the recriminations begin)
NY Times ^ | Matt Bai

Posted on 10/25/2012 11:43:38 AM PDT by Arthurio

When the histories of the 2012 campaign are written, much will be made of Bill Clinton’s re-emergence. His convention speech may well have marked the finest moment of President Obama’s re-election campaign, and his ads on the president’s behalf were memorable.

But there is one crucial way in which the 42nd president may not have served the 44th quite as well. In these final weeks before the election, Mr. Clinton’s expert advice about how to beat Mitt Romney is starting to look suspect.

You may recall that last spring, just after Mr. Romney locked up the Republican nomination, Mr. Obama’s team abruptly switched its strategy for how to define him. Up to then, the White House had been portraying Mr. Romney much as George W. Bush had gone after John Kerry in 2004 – as inauthentic and inconstant, a soulless climber who would say anything to get the job.

But it was Mr. Clinton who forcefully argued to Mr. Obama’s aides that the campaign had it wrong. The best way to go after Mr. Romney, the former president said, was to publicly grant that he was the “severe conservative” he claimed to be, and then hang that unpopular ideology around his neck.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billclinton; clinton; loserobama; obamateur

1 posted on 10/25/2012 11:43:41 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

They are running a Bill Clinton ad for Obama that has to be one of the worst ads ever. So many mixed messages, it implies Obama is as big a liar as Willy.

2 posted on 10/25/2012 11:50:00 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (
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To: Arthurio
It's not Clinton's fault, the DNC’s fault or the news media's fault. The problem is Obama and the fact that you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t.
3 posted on 10/25/2012 11:51:23 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Arthurio

Oh my heck - does anyone really think anything this guy does is by accident? The Smartest Politician Ever? He wants back in the White House only slightly more than he wants to watch BHO lose this election, and this “Ah, shucks, isn’t is awful how terrible everything still is?” routine is NOT intended to help. Good grief - how can they not see this?

4 posted on 10/25/2012 12:04:36 PM PDT by ConservativePsychProf ("I have set before you life and death. Choose life, that you and your descendants may live.")
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To: Arthurio

The 2016 democrat primaries have already begun. Pelosi will be out, Reid will be in the senate but probably not in leadership. If we keep the house, regain the senate and presidency, a lot of old democrats will retire, so it look like Hillary will be the last remaining national Democrat, along with Debbie Wasserman Schultz maybe.

5 posted on 10/25/2012 12:05:01 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Arthurio

0bama’s October surprize: Obama and the culmination of nearly four years of failed socialist policy.

6 posted on 10/25/2012 12:05:16 PM PDT by Leep (Billybob 0bama:I sure would like to remain dic-tater..mmm hmmm)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Good ol’ Southern humor. This is a good thought for the day.

7 posted on 10/25/2012 12:17:49 PM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: Arthurio
I think it's hilarious how Bill Boy was pure poison during the “O” campaign last time.

The worse job that “O” did and the more obvious his imcomtetence became... the more attractive Billy Boy has become as a supporter.

By now, Billy's rehabilitation as an individual and as a politician is about complete... thanks to “O” and his worse than abysmal performance as President of the United States.... :)

Of course all this is wonderful for Evita!

8 posted on 10/25/2012 12:18:52 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: ConservativePsychProf

While Bill Clinton may be a lot of things, one thing he isn’t, is stupid.

Over at the DUmpster, they keep saying that O is playing three dimensional chess (Star Trek kind?) and Mitt is playing checkers. If anyone is playing 3D chess, it would be the Clintons. You can tell O is a moron by the fact that he thought he could outsmart them as well as trying to humiliate them; that’s a bad idea when you’re a moron. The Clintons are for the Clintons and they don’t forget a slight or anything else.

How’s Vince Foster doing?

9 posted on 10/25/2012 12:19:40 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

In 1992 the nation caught herpes.

10 posted on 10/25/2012 12:21:52 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: DaxtonBrown
I have seen a Klinton ad for Obama too and it does send mixed messages: it implies that Klinton did a good job in his presidency and that Obama has not.

Regardless, this is a poor article. Reason for Obama crashing is that he has done a terrible job in office, the worst since Carter.

11 posted on 10/25/2012 12:23:59 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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one of the most disturbing things about this election is the rehabilitating of both Clintons into some saint like figures/ I refuse to think of them as any thing other than two of the most degenerate politicians of our time. Also laughable that a guy that never got 50% of the American electorate to vote for him in either election is giving advice.
12 posted on 10/25/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT by h-roark
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To: Arthurio

I remember when the McCain camp started faulting Palin around 2 weeks before the election y’all remember? That’s a sign that your team ain’t winning....I THINK maybe perhaps Obumbler is in a lot trouble....IF we see movement for Romney ON Monday.....TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY IS OVER!!! THE FAT LADY SUNG....I will be planning our election night celebration and will make EVERY effort to fly, drive whatever to DC for the Presidential Inauguration of PRESIDENT ELECT MITT ROMNEY!! I can almost see it...PLEASE LORD grant us this man to lead our country!! In Jesus name...Amen

13 posted on 10/25/2012 1:54:39 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Lx

EXACTLY, AND guess who they are thinking of ain’t the BLack Turd either....Chelsea! She has made it known that she would love to run for office in the future....bubba and hitlery can’t afford to fall on the sword for Obumbler without destroying their lovely daughter’s chances...right?! Too much at stake with the kkklintons!! SO KEEP an eye on them..soon bubba is going to stab Ojerko in the back!

14 posted on 10/25/2012 1:59:46 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas
.............................PLEASE LORD grant us this man to lead our country!! In Jesus name...Amen.

You can not believe how many people are saying these words.

15 posted on 10/25/2012 2:46:02 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: RoseofTexas

All I know is win or lose I will be drunk as can be on election night...drunk with joy or drunk with sorry...either way....the booze will be flowing.

16 posted on 10/25/2012 10:20:04 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

On the contrary, dems have been making chicken salad outta chicken sh*t for years & selling it to fools in the media & voters.

17 posted on 10/26/2012 12:46:39 AM PDT by Bulgaricus1 (Fill your hand you son...)
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