What? Bill Clinton? Deval Patrick? Cory Booker? Ed Rendell? These staunch Democrats? Given POTUS’s blessings? Directed to act as his most powerful surrogates?
President Obama, a narcissist, requires fulsome praise and deference. He had expected loyalty from surrogates in their public remarks. Until recently, he and Axelrod never imagined that, instead of widely circulating surrogate videos and transcripts to news and blog outlets, the campaign staff would be mired in cover-ups and scripting invented excuses for renegade surrogates.
H/t to JRTerrier who shared Rendell’s remarks in a comment:
It’s as if all the DEMS that can are jumping ship. This is really astounding:
Charlie Rose, CBS News: “You supported Hillary Clinton, strongly. Do you think we would have been in a different place if she were elected?”
Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA): “I think she would have come in with a lot more executive experience. I think the president was hurt by being a legislator only. For example, healthcare and the stimulus, two bills that I think did good things for the American people — too much of it was left up to the Congress. He sort of said, ‘here is my concept, you guys flush it out.’ I think Hillary Clinton would have sent them a bill and said, ‘here’s what I want.'”
Now, we turn to more surrogates including President Bill Clinton, an extrovert if ever there was one. Clinton is regarded by many in both parties as a great president whose reelection unnerves Barack Obama. Particularly since Obama has proven he’s in over his head and has tried blame administrations of the previous “30 years” for his own failures. Astoundingly, Obama attempts to lumps Clinton in with the other presidents of the past 30 years, all Republicans save one (President Clinton).
Charles Krauthammer had some things to say about Clinton, the heretical surrogate, and his fellow surrogates, Patrick and Booker. From my transcription of the panel on Bret Baier’s Special Report a few days ago:
Clinton doesn’t do a good obfuscate. It was obvious he didn’t have his heart in that.
And the reason he was being used to … by the Romney campaign is because he didn’t attack Romney. It’s because he said that Romney has had a “STERLING” business, and after the Obama campaign had poured millions of dollars into saying this guy [Romney] is a vulture and a vampire.
When you get the leading surrogate — the Number One Democrat in the country — saying “sterling.” And you get Deval Patrick, who’s an ally of Obama’s and governor of Massachusetts, saying that he’s a perfectly good businessman. And, of course, Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, who had to make a . . . he said [originally] that he was NAUSEATED by the attacks on Romney and Bain.
It tells you that it’s not going to wash.
How come the Democrats run on this when their own surrogates are contradicting it so openly? …