Barack Obama as the 2nd Bill Clinton…

E.J. Dionne, Jr.

E.J. Dionne is one of my favorite editorial writers and I like hearing him on NPR.  In the WashPo he wrote an editorial about how much Obama could learn from Bill, commented on their similarities, and the challenges they have respectively faced.

On the shared challenges, Dionne says:  “And they share a major weakness: Both believe so devoutly in their capacity to convert adversaries and to get lions and lambs to lie down together that they spend more energy trying to win over their enemies than rallying their friends. This leaves them helpless when the lions continue to devour the lambs.”

I can’t recall where I read it, but my understanding is that the Obama group has been loathe to accept Bill into their camp because they don’t trust him and fear he will have an undue influence.  Hillary they trust implicitly and she is one of theirs.

If what I’ve read is true, it is unrealistic to think  that Obama will accept, or get, any tutoring from Bill Clinton.



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3 responses to “Barack Obama as the 2nd Bill Clinton…

  1. Can anyone see anything Obama would have to gain by being a student of Bill’s? I am not seeing what that would be.

  2. fnord

    I don’t think it matters.

    I’m more than ready to bring on the Republicans — a Republican president, a majority Republicans in both chambers of Congress. bush the lesser didn’t finish bringing America to her knees.

    Of course, the slow learning Democrats have been shown how to rule from the minority by simply saying NO, and we can have deadlock no matter what party is in the majority! Maybe, if they paid close enough attention (I have my doubts about that and think they can be as ineffective as they are from the majority).

  3. indypendent

    I really think this is the time for a viable, strong third party to start coming together.

    The tea partiers are nothing more than Republicans on Prozac. This group will do nothing but make Palin wealthier and ruin alot of American flags by wrapping themselves up like some sausage roll.

    It may not be a possible, or even probable, choice for 2012 but in 2016, I think we will definitely see a third party that is strong enough to kick both the donkey and the elephants in their respective asses.