Hillary Clinton may run for President of the United States in 2008. There are many things she can do in order to improve her chances for election. Dating her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is one of them. Here is why Hillary should date Bill Clinton and where they should go.
1. It’s no secret. Hillary Rodham-Clinton isn’t a very likeable candidate, even if you agree with most of her views. Many Democrats fear she is completely un-electable come the general election in November 2008. Her husband, on the other, is very likeable. He possesses that certain something that draws people near. Even the most ardent Republican must admit, Bill Clinton is a smooth-talker who usually gets what he wants. (Slick Willy is what he used to be called.)
With the passage of time, I think Bill Clinton has become even more likeable. His health problems caused us to feel sympathy for him. His work with former president George H. W. Bush caused us to feel gratitude for him. His appearance on shows like the Daily Show with Jon Stewart caused us to laugh. George W. Bush’s presidency caused many of us – even some Republicans – to sorely miss Bill Clinton. And time has made us all but forget that little indiscretion in the Oval Office.
Come the campaign, Hillary Clinton needs to embrace her husband, early and often, if she wants to be elected the next President of the United States. And who knows? Maybe some of his likeableness – and electableness (for lack of a better term) – will rub off.
2. Of course, many see the Clintons’ marriage as nothing more than a farce. Hillary Clinton needs to prove all those doubters wrong (even if they are right). A stable family life is vital to being elected President of the United States. Even Rudy Guiliani is going to face problems in this department. If Hillary does in fact square off against Rudy in the general election, a stable – or at least stable-looking – marriage may very well give Hillary the edge.
3. Early in Bill Clinton’s presidency, everyone worried that it was actually Hillary running the country. If it was, she didn’t do such a terrible job. Now that she may be running for President herself, she should embrace the fact that she and her husband make such a solid political team.
4. With Bill’s problematic ticker, I don’t think (of course, I could be wrong) that Bill’s going to do something stupid like diddle one of Hillary’s volunteers on the cross-country campaign bus. Slick Willy looks older these days, more innocent. And I’m pretty damn sure he learned his lesson after Monicagate. There is no need for Hillary to distance herself from Bill Clinton anymore because of the Lewinsky scandal.
5. Bill Clinton will serve as a reminder of how much better the nineties were over today. That is vital if Hillary Clinton is to have any chance at winning the election. The more Hillary is seen with Bill, the more likely America will remember the excellent economy, the relative peace. Both Al Gore and John Kerry made the mistake of distancing themselves from Bill Clinton until it was too late. Hillary should embrace him, date him if you will.
Where should they go? Well, that’s easy. First stop New Hampshire. And then…everywhere. Starting fairly soon, certainly after she announces her intentions, the cameras will be following Hillary Clinton everywhere. She must embrace them, of course, and also embrace her husband in front of them. Fund-raising dinners: Bill must be Hillary’s date. Campaign stops: Bill must be Hillary’s date. A night at Medieval Times: Bill must be Hillary’s date.
I don’t pretend to know (or care) much about politics, but I did back when Bill Clinton originally ran in 1992. I met him briefly back then early in his campaign, and I felt certain he was going to win. Bill Clinton is no campaign-killer. If Al Gore had realized that back in 2000, we would have already long forgotten about former Texas Governor George W. Bush.
Note: All that being said, I really have no opinion of Hillary one way or the other. So before anyone bashes my political beliefs, please realize that I’m an independent simply commenting on what I think would help Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate in 2008… And earning my eight bucks!