Bill Clinton is supposed to be the secret weapon in this race. The Oxford draft dodging grad who can appeal to working Americans because he has a Southern accent. The problem is that Bill also has a history of melting down during campaigns.
Clinton’s incredible campaigning abilities have been largely overstated. Clinton won two presidential elections against ridiculously weak Republican candidates who barely showed up. That’s also how he became Governor of Arkansas. He blew the 2008 primaries and now he’s beginning to melt down all over again.
“This shouldn’t be a race. The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don’t understand why the economy is not totally hunky-dory again.”
Clinton’s gaffe is a natural one for an elitist liberal, but any serious campaigner knows better than to blame people who are out of work and struggling to feed their families for not being on board with your campaign. It’s a deadly and easily exploitable mistake.
Bill Clinton is channeling former ABC news anchor Peter Jennings’ response to the 1994 midterm elections where the American people turned on the Democratic Party.
“Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week.”
Clinton’s gaffe wasn’t as bad as Jennings’, but it’s a sign that he’s beginning to melt down. This was how it happened in South Carolina in 2008 when Clinton’s ego and competitiveness took the lead and he began speaking out without thinking about the political consequences. And now it’s happening again.
Clinton has made a fortune and it’s in poor taste for him to sneer at Americans for being too “impatient” for an economic recovery. People who are living from paycheck to paycheck have a right to demand results from their elected officials and they have a right to wonder why a government that runs trillion dollar deficits keeps sending them empty promises instead of a way out.