Am I only one who remembers how brilliantly orchestrated the 2008 Obama campaign was? There were no leaks, no dissenters, everyone was on message, and the candidate himself was so calm and level-headed that the campaign was dubbed "No Drama Obama".
What a difference 4 years makes.
Whereas Obama had all his pros in check 4 years ago, this election season, it seems like someone veers off message on the weekly. Corey Booker caught heat a few weeks ago, but there's been no more egregious repeat offender than Bill Clinton, a guy whom I'd swear was trying to undermine the President if I didn't know better.
Former president Bill Clinton said Tuesday that broad tax cuts that are set to expire in January should be temporarily renewed, including for the wealthiest Americans, to give lawmakers time to reach a deal on a longer-term extension that should exclude the rich.Not helping.
Clinton’s comments were in contrast to those of President Obama, whose reelection bid he is supporting. Obama has opposed renewing the tax reductions for people who earn more than $250,000 a year, saying they must contribute to the effort to control rampant federal deficits.
Reductions in income tax rates and other levies enacted under President George W. Bush will expire in January, at the same time that $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts take effect. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and others have warned that letting both events occur would drain so much money from the economy that it could spark a renewed recession next year.
“What I think we need to do is to find some way to avoid the fiscal cliff, to avoid doing anything that would contract the economy now, and then deal with what’s necessary in the long-term debt-reduction plan as soon as they can, which presumably will be after the election,” Clinton said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo.”
Asked whether that means extending the tax cuts, Clinton said, “They will probably have to put everything off until early next year. That’s probably the best thing to do right now.”
Last week, Clinton said presidential challenger Mitt Romney had a “sterling” record at private equity firm Bain Capital, departing from efforts by Obama’s campaign to criticize the Republican’s experience there as having little to do with job creation.
But well, that's prolly the point.
Question: Is the "first Black President" trying to undermine the "first African-American President"? Why?