I wonder if there is any end to Hillary Clinton’s calculation or ambition. I think almost anyone else would be so bothered by the idea that people intensely dislike them personally that they would emphatically reject the idea of running on their husband’s popularity. Hillary, however, is willing to do literally anything to obtain the office, so she is basically begging people to remember how great it was to have Bill in the White House sexually harassing all the unpaid 22 year old interns:
At a campaign stop in Fort Mitchell, Ky., Clinton said her husband would be “in charge of revitalizing the economy.”
First of all, Clinton has said about a billion times on the campaign trail that the economy is going great, Obama has been doing a bang up job, don’t listen to all those Republicans who say to the contrary. So why does the economy need to be revitalized at all?
Second, revitalizing the economy isn’t really the job of the President at all. It’s disconcerting the extent to which people are ready to either credit or blame the President for the state of the economy, which is largely due to market forces. Granted, government policy can have significant impacts around the edges, but the President isn’t a medieval king who is basically God’s representative on Earth, dictating when rain falls on the just and on the unjust.
But third, to the extent that you want to convey the illusion that managing the entire United States economy is the job of the President (something the Democrats in particular are huge fans of doing), isn’t it a startling concession on Hillary’s part that she has literally nothing to offer to commend herself other than having fortuitously slept her way into power by marrying a talented politician?
And finally, under what authority would Bill Clinton be able to do actually anything to affect the economy? Does the Office of the First Man suddenly have the power to exert control over the economy? And if so, we need to completely rewrite the political rules when it comes to attacking the spouses of Presidential candidates.