Politics: New GOP ad spotlights the problem with Clinton promoting Obama

Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday September 6th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - New Romney spot uses Cinton's words against Obama

Last night's speech by Bill Clinton was an epic - and by that I mean it was long.  Clinton touched on every imaginable subject and then, just when you thought he was finished, he'd get going again.  By the end of it all, I was wondering if we were going to get a 47-point outline of his views on Greece and the Euro.  If he had his way, he'd still be talking now.

....and that's the problem with Bill Clinton.  He's been talking a long time.  Decades.  In that time, he's said some pretty nasty things, a lot of which were focused on none other than Barack Obama.  Mitt Romney's newest ad seeks to remind people of that.


In the future, the GOP would be better served by using some of Clinton's better quotes such as "They played the race card on me" or his assertion that Obama has the “political instincts of a Chicago thug."  Hopefully, those ads are coming later.

The problem Democrats face is that every time they use Clinton to promote Obama, Republicans will be able to seize upon the opportunity to remind everyone that Clinton thinks the President is a man who, a few years ago, would have been “carrying our bags."  

Bottom line? If arguably the best speaker at your convention has a long history of despising your candidate, trouble looms.